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Monday, 1 May, 2000, 06:04 GMT 07:04 UK
Inquiry into tram crash
Great Orme, Llandudno
The crash took place at Great Orme, Llandudno
An investigation has begun into how two trams crashed at a tourist attraction in north Wales, injuring around 40 passengers.

The collision happened on Sunday afternoon at the Great Orme Mines and National Park near Llandudno.

The tramline has been shut while the inquiry is carried out. A spokeswoman for Conway County Borough Council, which runs the service, said the Health and Safety Executive and the Railways Executive were carrying out the investigation.

"The tramway will be closed until further notice. As an investigation is under way, I really can't say when we expect to open it again," she said.

Whiplash

About 40 tourists were injured in the crash.

More than 20 were treated at the scene by ambulance crews and 17 were taken to Llandudno General Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, including cuts and bruises and whiplash, before being released.

Injured pensioner Betty Collins, 69, said she heard an "almighty bang" as the trams collided.

Mrs Collins, who was visiting Great Orme with her husband Les and her grandchildren, needed hospital treatment for a head injury.

The Great Orme Mines and Country Park is a popular attraction, drawing crowds in the summer months to enjoy the view from the carboniferous limestone headland and visit the cafe and visitors' centre there.

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