A man of 42 years old was arrested “in connection with the accident,” according to the british media. The first evidence to indicate that the tram was travelling at a speed above the speed limit.
about 6 o’clock, Wednesday morning, the emergency services in london have been advised of the derailment and the overturning of a tram, two trains, near a stop in the suburbs south of London, near the commune of Croydonun. Seven people are dead in what looks for the moment of an accident, and some fifty have been admitted to hospital, some in serious condition, according to a spokesperson of ambulance services.
The police added that a man of 42 years “on suspicion of manslaughter, has been arrested and placed in police custody. According to the british media, it is the driver of the tram. “The first indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a speed significantly above the speed limit,” said the department of investigation on rail accidents (Rail Accident Investigation Branch RAIB) in a press release published on the government website. He stated that the accident occurred while the tram approached a curve where the speed limit is 20 km/h.
Martin Bamford, a resident of Croydon, 30-year-old who was in the tram, told the agency Press Association have felt it “accelerate”. “While the world literally exploded”, he said, adding that the place of the accident was “carnage” with “blood everywhere”. “It was terrifying”, he entrusted to the university hospital in Croydon where he was treated for broken ribs.
This is the first accident of tram since the opening of the line, sixteen years ago. The First minister Theresa May said to be in contact with the emergency services, ensuring that everything would be done to understand what caused this tragedy.