Croydon tram was travelling three and a half times faster than allowed before fatal crash, report finds.
PUBLISHED: 14:24 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 16 November 2016
The driver, from Beckenham, has been released on bail
A tram was travelling three and half times faster than allowed before it crashed, killing seven people, a report has found.
An initial review of the Croydon tram disaster, which put more than 50 people in hospital, has been published by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
On-tram data shows the tram was travelling at 43.5mph as it entered a curve near the Sandilands stop at around 6am on Wednesday, November 9.
Trams should be travelling at no more than 12.5mph when taking the turn.
The tram derailed and turned onto its right side, sliding for around 25 metres before it stopped.
Following the crash, the driver, who was the only member of staff on board, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
The 42-year-old from Beckenham was bailed until May.
The investigation has found no evidence of track defects or a malfunction of the tram’s braking system.
Following the tragedy, the RAIB has issued an appeal for witnesses.
To help with the in-depth investigation, visit www.gov.uk/government/news/raib-witness-appeal.
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