Seven Dead, Dozens Injured After a Tram Overturns
A devastating tram accident near Croydon has left seven dead and dozens injured, some critically. The 43-year-old driver was arrested immediately on suspicion of manslaughter. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the tram was traveling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.
Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said, “After liaison with the coroner we can confirm that at least seven people have lost their lives as a result of this incident. Our officers will continue to work tirelessly throughout the evening to formally identify them and provide care and support for their families.”
One observer, Andy Smith said he was at a nearby bus stop, waiting for his ride, when he heard “what sounded like a screeching noise, than a bang. I looked down the track and I saw carnage. There was a lot of screaming, panicking and commotion. It was a macabre scene.”
Another observer, Peter Allan Jones, who lives in a house opposite to where the tram derailed, said he saw many people walking down the tracks toward the main road. He said everyone seemed quite somber and shocked although one man was shouting and had to be restrained by police.
Kudirat Okesola said her husband had been on the tram and suffered a massive cut on his face.
Prime Minister Theresa May gave her prayers and said the government is staying in close touch with the emergency services and other authorities. Their goal is to ensure that all is being done that is necessary.