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Croydon tram crash: Beckenham tram driver bailed as death toll reaches seven

PUBLISHED: 10:53 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 10 November 2016

The tram derailed near the Sandilands stop in Croydon on Wednesday morning. RAIB/PA Wire

The tram derailed near the Sandilands stop in Croydon on Wednesday morning. RAIB/PA Wire

The tram derailed on Wednesday morning

The driver of a tram that crashed, killing seven people on Wednesday has been released on bail.

More than 50 people were injured, some seriously, after the tram derailed near Sandilands in Croydon at around 6am on Wednesday.

The Beckenham man was bailed until May while the investigation continues.

On Wednesday the 42-year-old was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

The tram was travelling from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon

Accident investigators have reported the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram derailed as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12 mph.

Survivors rescued from the wreckage said they recalled the tram failing to brake in its usual place at a bend on the track after speeding up. One said the driver told them he thought he had “blacked out”.

Royal Navy veteran Kevin Snow, 57, was on his way to work in central London when the busy service overturned.

The father-of-seven from Barnsley, south Yorkshire, said the service, which he had been using regularly while working in London, failed to slow down at its usual point coming out of a tunnel between the Lloyd Park and Sandilands stops.

He told the Press Association: “Usually as you come out the tunnel you feel the brakes, but I didn’t seem to at all. I thought, he should be braking in a minute.

“The next thing I knew we were on our side. Everyone was screaming and shouting, a lot of people were injured - lots couldn’t move.”

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: “At this stage it is too early to speculate on a single factor being the cause of this incident.”

Meanwhile, identifying those who have died is set to be ‘a complex and lengthy process’ according to police.

Eyewitnesses have described the scenes as “absolute carnage” and “like something out of a film” as the two-carriage tram tipped onto its side in heavy rain next to an underpass near the Sandilands stop in Croydon.

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