UPDATE @ 4.15 PM | A man and woman have been taken into custody after a stolen car collided with a tram, before the pair allegedly tried to carjack a young woman in terrifying scenes on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The chaos unfolded just before 2.00pm on Thursday, when a stolen white BMW was hit by a tram on the Gold Coast Highway, near St Kilda Avenue, in Broadbeach.
According to police at the scene, the vehicle was attempting to do a u-turn in front of the tram when they were struck.
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The pair then tried to flee the scene by attempting to carjack a nearby motorist.
When the 27-year-old woman refused, the man allegedly became violent grabbing her by the wrist and pulling her arm behind her back before pulling a gel blaster from his bag.
Thankfully the woman’s screams alerted neighbours who ran to her aid and managed to restrain the man before police arrived.
“The female motorist is obviously very upset, but luckily, thanks to members of the public, she probably quickly felt safe and she will assist us now to provide information,” Senior Sergeant Chris Tritton told reporters.
The couple, a 22-year-old man Currumbin Waters man and 19-year-old Logan Central woman were taken into custody by officers at the scene.
The man has since been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault, deprivation of liberty and weapons offences, while the woman has been charged with unlawful use of a vehicle.
A total of 21 people, mostly tram passengers, were assessed by several Queensland Ambulance crews, however thankfully they all managed to escape uninjured.
Police say the BMW vehicle involved in the incident was stolen from Woodridge this morning.
EARLIER @ 2.30 PM | Chaos has unfolded on a busy Gold Coast road this afternoon after a suspected stolen car collided with a tram in Broadbeach.
Just before 2.00pm, emergency crews were called to the corner of St Kilda Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway following reports of a serious smash.
A police spokesperson told myGC the driver of the car allegedly tried to flee the scene before he was detained by several members of the public.
He is now in the custody of officers.
A number of Queensland Ambulance crews are on scene, with reports up to 25 people are being assessed by paramedics.
A QAS spokesperson told myGC they’re “assessing multiple people from the tram”.
Trams were immediately suspended between Cavill Avenue and Broadbeach South stations following the incident, however they are now back up and running.