THE Gold Coast’s billion dollar light rail service has been brought to a grinding halt after flames were reportedly seen shooting out from under a moving tram at Main Beach.
Early reports suggest passengers spotted flames coming from underneath the carriage shortly before 1.30pm, followed by a few puffs of smoke and a strong burning smell.
Services have been suspended in both directions between Southport and Surfers Paradise, passengers have been evacuated and emergency services – including paramedics – are on the scene.
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Firefighters equipped with thermal imaging technology have failed to locate any heat source, with unconfirmed reports passengers may have mistaken a brake light with a fire alarm.
Buses are being arranged to transport customers while technicians inspect the stranded tram.
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