Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named


One of the victims of a tram crash which killed seven people in south London has been named as Philip Seary.

Mr Seary, 57, was among six men and one woman who died when the tram left the track in Croydon during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

Friends and family of Mr Seary, from New Addington, have left tributes to "a lovely gentle giant of a man".

Specialist teams were expected to move the wreckage on Friday, but the British Transport Police said identifying the dead may be a "complex and lengthy process".  


Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

The 42-year-old driver of the tram was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned amid suggestions the tram failed to brake as it took a corner at speed. He has been released on police bail until May.

The vehicle was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted", investigators said. They are looking into whether the driver fell asleep.

British Transport Police are also investigating claims that a tram almost derailed at the same spot last week.

Scaffolder Shaun Rogers, who was on the tram at the time, told Sky News that he felt it "lift up from the side" as it went round a corner.

He said: "Everyone was panicking, people's bags got slung to the side, it was like a fair ride where you get slung about."


Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

The scene after a tram overturned in Croydon
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

The British Transport Police has said there has been 'some loss of life' after the derailment in south London
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Emergency services at the scene of the derailment
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Police and firefighters work at the scene
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Emergency vehicles at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

The tram on its side in Croydon
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

The scene showing a tram stopped at Sandilands station. Pic @HannahCollier1
Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Pictures of the scene. Pics: Samantha Booth/Croydon Advertiser
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Mr Rogers, who said the incident left him "petrified", added: "(The crash) brought it back because we could have been on that tram."

Following Wednesday's crash, witnesses described the scene as "total carnage".

The tram was travelling from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon when the accident happened at 6.10am.

Dane Chinnery, 19, has been named as a victim of the crash.

Tom Dale, who was travelling on the tram with Mr Chinnery, told Sky News: "I remember looking over, I was standing up and Dane with sitting listening to his music.

"He was just like everyone else, on his way on a normal day to do a normal day's work."

The 20-year-old said when the tram crashed he tried to find his friend.

He said: "All I could see was Dane's boot where he had been sitting.

"Dane was a genuine lad, did nobody any harm, really, no one deserves this to happen to them."


Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Mr Dale said he had been having flashbacks since the crash.

He added: "On the night of the crash I kept seeing the accident over and over again and couldn't sleep without the light on."

Another survivor, father-of-two Rui De Sa, also spoke to Sky News about his ordeal.

He said one minute he was looking at his phone, the next people were screaming and it was "pitch black".

When he looked to his side, he saw two people next to him.

"One of them was screaming for help," he said. The other person, he could "only see from the shoulders down".

Mr De Sa said the injuries he saw were so horrific they made him vomit as he lay there.

He also spoke of feeling guilty that he was on the left of the tram and those on the right "suffered more".


Croydon fatal tram crash: Second victim named

Royal Navy veteran Kevin Snow, 57, was on his way to work in central London when the tram overturned.

He said: "Usually as you come out the tunnel you feel the brakes, but I didn't seem to at all. I thought, he should be braking in a minute.

"The next thing I knew we were on our side. Everyone was screaming and shouting, a lot of people were injured - lots couldn't move."

He said the tram slid for between eight and 10 seconds before coming to a halt.

Martin Bamford, 30, from Croydon, said he recalled the tram "speeding up" before the crash.

He added: "There was a woman that was on top of me ...I don't think she made it at all. She wasn't responsive. There was blood everywhere."



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