On Wednesday morning, a tram overturned in South London, which left 2 people trapped, while 5 were killed and more than 50 injured. It was later reported that the driver of the tram had been arrested by the police.
The emergency call came in around 0610 GMT, which reported that a tram had derailed and overturned close to a stop that was nearby Central Croydon. The location is a suburb that is south of a major transport hub. Assistant Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, Robin Smith confirmed, “A number of people have been taken to a hospital, with injuries and sadly, we can say there has been some loss of life. It is too early for us to confirm the numbers, but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”
50+ people that were injured in the accident was confirmed by a spokesman for the London Ambulance. Some of the people that were injured had serious injuries. There were 70 firefighters and 5 specialist rescue units that were on the scene. They were attempting to free the people that were trapped, by using heavy cutting equipment.
Images of the tram, laying on its side were shown on television. It was near a junction and where the rail track lines divide. Police are continuing to investigate the accident. Local residents that were nearby could hear the crash and the sounds of people shouting that followed. People watched as injured individuals were carried away and casualties of the accident were removed. The Prime Minister, Theresa May had this to say, “My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible incident that has taken place on the tram in Croydon.” Future information will be available as the investigation continues.