Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash


Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

A tram that crashed killing seven people and injuring over 50 others has been removed from the scene in south London.

It was lifted off the tracks by a crane overnight.

Seven people died after the tram turned around a sharp bend and came off the track in Croydon during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

More than 50 people were also injured.


Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

The 42-year-old driver 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.

Investigators said the tram was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted".

They are looking into whether the driver fell asleep and are set to publish an interim report into the crash next 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 tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

The scene after a tram overturned in Croydon
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

The British Transport Police has said there has been 'some loss of life' after the derailment in south London
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Emergency services at the scene of the derailment
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Police and firefighters work at the scene
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Emergency vehicles at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

The tram on its side in Croydon
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

The scene showing a tram stopped at Sandilands station. Pic @HannahCollier1
Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Pictures of the scene. Pics: Samantha Booth/Croydon Advertiser
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Detectives are also examining a report that a tram "lifted onto one side" at 40mph in the same area on 31 October, in the week before the derailment.

British Transport Police said the claim "will now form one of our lines of inquiry".

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to Mark Smith, a young father from Croydon, who was among those killed.

In a Facebook post, Mr Smith's cousin Tom said his family was "in bits".

He said: "(I) still cannot believe this is true, the last couple of days have just felt like a nightmare that I'm gonna (sic) wake up from.

"The thought that we are all never gonna (sic) see you or hear from you again makes me feel sick."


Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Dane Chinnery, a 19-year-old Crystal Palace fan described as a "friendly, genuine lad", was the first victim to be identified following the crash.

Tom Dale, who was travelling on the tram with Mr Chinnery, told Sky News: "Dane was a genuine lad, did nobody any harm, really, no one deserves this to happen to them."

Friends and family of Philip Seary, 57, who was named online as one of the dead, left messages of condolence to a "lovely gentle giant of a man".

The only woman to have been killed in the crash was named in reports as 35-year-old Dorota Rynkiewicz from New Addington.


Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

Police said formally identifying the other victims dead may be a "complex and lengthy process".

The victims of the crash were remembered with a minute's silence following Armistice Day commemorations in Croydon on Thursday morning.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched a witness appeal, with anyone who was on the tram or has information relevant to the accident being asked to complete an incident form on the organisation's website.


Croydon tram removed from scene of fatal crash

An interim report into what happened will be published by the RAIB next week, with a final report, including any safety recommendations, coming at the conclusion of the investigation.

Croydon Council has set up an online crowdfunding campaign "to enable those directly affected by this tragedy ... to have access to ongoing care and support".



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