British Transport Police Say Tram Derails, 'A Number' Hurt

The driver of the tram has been arrested, and more than 50 people were injured in the incident.

The driver of the busy rush-hour Croydon Tramlink service, which derailed near Sandilands tram stop shortly after 6.10am on Wednesday, has been arrested.

The London Fire Brigade was called to the incident.

Officials confirmed emergency crews are working to remove the two people who remain trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle.

Police said they were called to the station at around 6.10am. I thought it was something in the garage doors.

The London Ambulance Service said more than 50 people had been taken to hospital.

He said: "Fifty-one people have been taken to hospital - St Georges in Tooting and Croydon university hospital".

"We were coming out of the tunnel and we hit the bend way too fast and the tram flipped".

"What we can confirm is a number have tragically died and we expect more to follow". Forty-three of those were walking wounded, four had serious injuries and four had life threatening injuries.

Prime Minister Theresa May also expressed her sympathy and said the government was "closely in touch with the emergency services and other authorities to ensure that all is being done that is necessary to deal with this awful incident".

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted".

A London Ambulance spokesman said 51 people had been taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

"I know the emergency services will be working hard at the scene and I'd ask everyone in the area to rally round and support them in any way they can this morning".

One anxious husband told how his wife had phoned him to say she "couldn't get up" or move on the tram.

Resident Hannah Collier tweeted that she "heard a massive crash" outside her window and could see "emergency services everywhere".

He wrote: "Tram crash in Croydon, looks bad, traffic a nightmare, all roads shut, everyone is gonna be late for work today!"

"I heard a lot of noise and saw flashing lights at about 6am this morning".

Wednesday's derailment is the first tram accident with onboard fatalities since the 1950s, but official figures show that 20 people were injured in 112 tram-related accidents in the year to March, including one derailment and two collisions with other trams.

Transport for London said the line is suspended between Reeves Corner and Addington Village/Harrington Road and is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day. More than 27 million passengers used the service from 2015 to 2016.

"At least seven people have lost their lives as a result of this incident", he said in a statement.

"The Government is closely in touch with the emergency services and other authorities to ensure that all is being done that is necessary to deal with this awful incident".

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