Metrolink tram damaged after power device breaks free

Large section of the tram
Image caption The incident has caused disruption to services from Cornbrook to MediaCityUK and Eccles

A Metrolink tram has been damaged after the mechanism which connects it to overhead lines broke free.

Glass on a door shattered when the pantograph, which conducts electricity, fell from its roof near Salford's MediaCityUK at about 12:30 GMT.

No-one was injured, but passengers were evacuated near the Broadway stop, a Transport for Greater Manchester spokesman said.

Services from Cornbrook to Eccles and MediaCityUK were disrupted.

Image caption Engineers are investigating how the pantograph fell from the roof

Passengers have been advised to use their tram tickets and passes on nearby buses while engineers work to fix the problem.

The spokesman said it was unclear how the pantograph had come loose.

Image caption Glass was shattered when it was hit by the pantograph

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