Seven Dead in Horrific Croydon Tram Crash, Driver Arrested.

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42 year old driver arrested after Horrific Croydon Tram Crash kills seven

At least seven people are dead and around 50 injured after a tram derailed and overturned in South London on Wednesday morning.

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The horrific incident, involving a two-car vehicle, occurred in in Croydon shortly after 6am GMT near the Sandilands tram stop.

London Ambulance Service said it transported 51 people to two hospitals – some with serious injuries.

Shortly after noon, police confirmed they had arrested the tram driver – a 42-year-old from Beckenham, Kent who is yet to be identified – on suspicion of manslaughter.

Eight people were said to have life-threatening injuries.

Robin Smith, Assistant Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, said they were investigating whether the driver fell asleep, alongside “a number of factors”.

The RAIB said the Wimbledon-bound tram derailed as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” which has a speed limit of 12 mph.

Trams are not fitted with any safety protection systems that apply the brakes automatically if they are going too fast, according to the Office of Rail and Road.

Earlier, a survivor told of the “carnage” inside the tram, which “flipped like something out of a film”.

A mum also told how her son called her to say a dead body had fallen on top of him during the crash.

Aerial footage showed the devastating aftermath of the incident, which happened at Sandilands station.

Witnesses described hearing a “loud bang” as emergency crews worked to free those trapped inside the tram.

More on this story as it develops

Sources – various UK news media including BBC News and Mirror Online

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