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Croydon tram crash: Police reveal six men and one woman killed

PUBLISHED: 17:23 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 10 November 2016

The scene after a tram overturned in Croydon. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The scene after a tram overturned in Croydon. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A tram derailed in Croydon on Wednesday

Six men and one woman died in the tram crash in Croydon, south London, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

A force spokesman said officers were working with the coroner to identify the victims.

The tram driver, a 42-year-old man, from Beckenham, was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Investigators said the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted” and are probing whether the driver had fallen asleep.

Bernice Rooke, 66, has lived next to the tram tracks in Croydon for 15 years and said she has “never heard it so quiet” as on Thursday.

She said: “The first thing you notice is the stillness. Usually it’s mayhem out here in the morning - buses, cars, trams, kids.

“Yesterday it was chaos, sirens everywhere, it seemed like there were hundreds at some points.

“I knew something was wrong when the noise stopped near my house. But today is different, like nothing else here before.”

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