Belfast Telegraph

Corrie's Ashley dies in tram horror

Corrie favourite Ashley Peacock has been crushed to death to become the first victim of the horrific tram crash disaster.

And viewers were left wondering whether pals Nick Tilsley and Peter Barlow would survive after all three battled to escape the twisted wreckage of The Joinery bar.

Long-serving Ashley (played by Steven Arnold) met his end beneath a falling beam after heroically passing Peter (Chris Gascoyne) to rescuers.

There has been months of speculation about who will bow out during the catastrophic events taking place this week to mark the show's 50th anniversary.

Ashley had been widely tipped to perish and three more deaths are expected before the week is out as a result of an explosion and a tram crashing into Coronation Street.

Viewers saw Peter, Nick and Ashley all trapped in the office at The Joinery. Peter was in a perilous state drifting in and out of consciousness after being trapped under masonry.

His pals managed to drag him to safety and passed him to rescuers through a tiny gap. But things were continuing to look bleak as he was rushed to hospital.

Still trapped, Nick and Ashley were left to hold a heavy beam as the building began to crumble around their ears and they realised they needed to make a run for it.

Before they made their dash, Ashley - who had begun to cough up blood from his injuries - phoned wife Claire Peacock (Julia Haworth) to reassure her he would be with her soon.

But moments later, after he and Nick steeled themselves to let go and make a run for it, the debris rained down leaving Ashley dead.

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