Tributes pour in after tragic Croydon tram crash that killed five people and injured 51

Tributes have poured in for victims of the fatal tram crash in Croydon this morning.

The vehicle was reportedly overturned just outside Addiscombe tunnel as it was turning the corner towards Sandilands Tram Stop in Addiscombe Road at around 6am.

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

Two passengers have now been stuck on the derailed tram for more than seven and a half hours.

The driver of the tram was arrested this afternoon but there is no suspicion of foul play according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Prime Minster Theresa May, Mayor Khan and Jeremy Corbyn have all passed on their condolences to the family and friends of those affected in the incident.

Five people are confirmed dead and 51 are injured and have been taken to St George’s University Hospital and Croydon University Hospital.

Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations at London Ambulance Service said: “We would like to express our sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragic incident, and thank our ambulance staff for their work under very difficult circumstances today.

“We were called at 6.13am to reports of a tram derailment at Addiscombe Road in Croydon.

“We sent 22 ambulance crews, 12 officers, and two advanced paramedic practitioners to the scene, alongside our hazardous area response team, who are trained to provide emergency medical care in hazardous areas such as confined spaces or where there may be hazardous materials.

“Two trauma teams from London’s Air Ambulance and a command support vehicle were also dispatched.

“We have treated a number of patients at the scene, mainly for minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, however very sadly some people have died and others have suffered serious injuries.

“We took 51 patients to hospital, 20 of whom 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.”

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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