Man dead after St Kilda tram collision

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal collision involving a tram and pedestrian in St Kilda on Tuesday night.
A man has died after being hit by a tram in St Kilda on Tuesday night.
The man, who was in his 50s, was struck by the Route 16 tram at tram stop 134 near the intersection of Fitzroy and Park streets, and became wedged between the tram and platform about 11.30pm.
Heavy haulage equipment was brought in to free the man and emergency crews worked frantically on him for more than an hour but he was declared dead at the scene.
Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the man’s death and prepare a report for the coroner.
A Yarra Trams spokesman said the driver of the tram was taken to hospital in a state of severe shock and counselling services have been arranged for staff affected by the incident. The tragic episode is the first pedestrian fatality involving a tram in Melbourne for more than a year.
Sergeant Jason Crawford told Ten News the man may have been intoxicated.
He said there were several people on the tram when the man was struck down.
Witnesses have told police the man was standing at the platform and stumbled on to the tracks as the tram approached.
‘‘From a police perspective, this is a tragedy,’’ Sergeant Crawford said.
‘‘We urge caution around trams. Very rarely do pedestrians win those battles.’’
Efforts to notify next of kin were still under way on Wednesday, according to a police spokeswoman.
Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit