Croydon Town Hall lowers flags in honour of those killed and injured in tragic tram incident

Following the fatal tram collision that killed five people this morning, Croydon Town Hall has lowest its flags in memory of those who lost their lives and were injured.

The tram derailed at around 6am and emergency services are still at the scene trying to free two people who remain trapped more than nine hours later.

The derailment occurred as torrential rain hit London during the morning rush hour with more than 60 people on board.

The tragic incident has caused the highest number of rail passengers to be killed in a single incident since 2004.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council said: “This is a sad day for Croydon and our thoughts are with everybody affected by this tragic incident and all those people who are working at the scene.”

Jo Negrini, chief executive of Croydon Council, said: “Council teams have been working throughout the morning to assist the British Transport Police and emergency services at the scene.

“BTP have advised that they will be setting up an information line for relatives and friends but in the meantime they are being asked to call 101. The council has also set up a reception centre for family, friends and people affected by the incident at the council offices, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk.”

Deputy director of operations Peter McKenna, said: “We have treated a number of patients at the scene and took 51 patients to hospital.

“20 were taken to St George’s University Hospital and 31 to Croydon University Hospital.

“We remain on scene, supporting our emergency service colleagues as they deal with this incident.”

There is also a book of condolences available at Croydon Town Hall for those who lost their lives in today’s incident.

Anyone concerned about family and friends who may have been involved in the incident can call the Casualty Bureau on 0800 056 0154.

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