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Tram line adds signs to avert crashes

ZHANGJIANG tram operators plan to add more warning signs on major roads in the area, following three traffic accidents between the tram and private vehicles.

Most of the 10-kilometer tram line shares the same lane as motor vehicles, because the roads in Zhangjiang are narrow.

"The tram cannot change its lane to avoid hitting other cars in an emergency," said Zhu Bin, deputy director of Pudong Modern Rail Transportation Co Ltd, the operator.

"Drivers from outside the area are not familiar with the situation and are prone to cause accidents."

Two accidents have occurred since the tram began operation on December 31 and one took place during the trial run last year. No one was injured.

The biggest accident was at the intersection of Bibo Road and Chenhui Road about 8:15am on Monday. The head-on collision damaged the front of a car and the front plate of a tram.

The car was going northward and was trying to turn left at the intersection when it bumped into the tram going in the opposite direction.

The car's driver said that another tram, taller than the car, running before them blocked their view.

The car stopped suddenly when the driver detected the danger, but the tram kept going because of inertia, the couple in the car said.

The car was bumped for several meters and stopped after hitting the passenger walkway.

"The tram can only stop in an emergency. A sudden stop may also injure passengers on the train," Zhu said.

To improve drivers' awareness of the tram, tram officials plan to add more alerts on major roads.

"We will also strengthen the training of tram drivers about how to avoid accidents," he added.


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