Tram crash latest: Six men and one woman dead


Fresh details have been revealed about the London tram crash, with British Transport Police revealing that six men and one woman lost their lives in the accident.
The driver of the tram which crashed in south London was arrested by police on suspicion of manslaughter, and has now been released on bail.
The 42-year-old has now been bailed until May next year while investigators continue probing the cause of the crash.
One possibility being looked at is whether the driver fell asleep at the controls, as the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed” than it should have been while going around a corner.
As well as the seven people who died, more than 50 people were injured, some seriously, and there are fears that the death toll could still increase.
So far, police have not officially named the people who lost their lives, although, according to reports, Crystal Palace fan Dane Chinnery, 19, is among those who died.
His friend Tom Dale, 20, was also on the tram. He said after the crash, he looked for Mr Chinnery, but all he could see was his friend’s boot in the place where he had been sitting.
Mr Dale, who had been on his way to work as a chef, said: “It was like walking out of a war zone.”
Crystal Palace has issued a statement offering “sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives”.
Many of those treated were taken to Croydon University Hospital. Dr Nnenna Osuji said hospital staff had dealt with distressing and “very challenging circumstances”.
London mayor Sadiq Khan visited the scene of the crash and said he feared the death toll could rise.
Investigators from British Transport Police are expecting to be at the crash site for some time yet, and problems are set to be faced trying to identify those who died.
The tram had been travelling from New Addington to Wimbledon, via Croydon when the accident happened just after 6am, and it was full of commuters on their way to work.
Shocked survivors said they did not believe the tram had braked where it should have done as it hit a bend in the track, while one said that they had spoken to the driver and he said he had blacked out.
Martin Barnford, 30, from Croydon, was taken to Croydon University Hospital, where he was treated for broken ribs.
He said he saw blood everywhere, and that the scene had been “like something out of a film”.