Five killed in London tram accident, driver arrested

South London tram accident leaves five dead, more than 50 others injured and two people trapped.

CROYDON, SOUTH LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (ITN) – Five people were killed, more than 50 others were injured and two remained trapped after a tram overturned on Wednesday (November 9) morning in south London, said police who later confirmed officers had arrested its driver.

Emergency services were called at about 6:10 am (0610 GMT) to reports that a tram had derailed near a stop close to central Croydon, a large suburb to the south of the British capital and a major transport hub.

A British Transport Police spokesman said the tram’s driver had been arrested and that five people had been killed.

A London Ambulance spokesman said 51 others had been taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. Eight fire engines, five specialist rescue units and more than 70 firefighters attended the scene using heavy cutting equipment to free those trapped.

“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,” said Prime Minister Theresa May.

Television pictures showed the tram lying on its side across the tracks near a junction where the line divides. Investigations were continuing into the cause of the accident.

Local residents said they had heard a crash followed by shouting.

“I was fast asleep and it was a really, really loud bang, it kind of dragged on for a few seconds, I thought it was a car crash outside,” said local man, Sam.