Metrolink bosses will ‘wait to see’ if lessons can be learnt from Croydon tram tragedy


Metrolink bosses say they will have to ‘wait to see’ if any lessons can be learnt from Croydon’s tragic tram crash.

Seven people died and more than 50 were injured when the tram derailed at around 6am on Wednesday as it negotiated a sharp bend.

The first victim, 19-year-old Dane Chinnery, has now been named. A young child is also thought to be among the victims.

The driver, a 42-year-old man, was today bailed after being questioned by police on suspicion of manslaughter.

A Metrolink spokesman offered their condolences to the loved ones of those affected.

He said: “The details behind the tragic events in Croydon are still unfolding and our thoughts are with all those affected, particularly those who have lost a loved one.

“There will be a formal investigation into the cause and we will wait to see if there are any lessons for the light rail industry as a whole that have any bearing on Metrolink’s operations.

“The safety systems already in place within the industry make such tragic events incredibly rare, but that record can only be maintained by remaining vigilant and learning from them when they do.”

Like in Manchester, many commuters use London’s only tram to travel to work or school in that part of the city.

The two cars were packed with commuters heading to East Croydon station to catch trains on to central London when it overturned near the Sandilands stop at 6.10am on Wednesday.

Casualties were taken to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, and Croydon University Hospital with 43 described as ‘walking wounded’.