Tram to hit Coronation Street shops

'Coronation Street's local stores - the Corner Shop and The Kabin - will be wiped out in the soap's upcoming tram crash, while new bar The Joinery will be badly damaged

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Ben Price who plays Nick Tilsley

Ben Price who plays Nick Tilsley

'Coronation Street's local stores - the Corner Shop and The Kabin - will be wiped out in the soap's upcoming tram crash.

In the scenes planned by special-effects experts, new bar The Joinery - owned by Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) - will also be badly damaged when the street's viaduct collapses and a tram crashes onto the Weatherfield cobbles.

The dramatic scenes will form part of the ITV1 soap's special 50th anniversary edition later this year. The spectacular stunt will also kill off or seriously injure many of the show's much-loved characters.

A source told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper: "The producers haven't yet decided which characters will be inside so everyone feels like an axe is dangling over their head.

"There are rumours that up to a dozen stars could be killed off. It's going to be a bloodbath."

New producer Phil Collinson who spearheaded the dramatic edition - is also planning to use the crash to introduce new characters.

The source added: "It will be total carnage and the scenes will make incredible viewing. The producers want to make it the most dramatic episode 'Coronation Street' has ever shown and they are pulling out all the stops. The Kabin and the Corner Shop will both be destroyed along with the bar."

However, much of the special edition's storylines are being strictly kept under wraps - with Phil even reportedly having the set searched for bugging devices.

The producer is said to have hired a specialist team to discover the source of several script leaks and is bow believed to be planning making scripts accessible only through a locked door.

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