5 killed in Lon­don tram de­rail­ment

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Five peo­ple were killed and more than 50 in­jured when a tram de­railed in south Lon­don dur­ing a heavy rain­storm be­fore dawn yes­ter­day, po­lice said. Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan, vis­it­ing the scene, said the num­ber of dead “may well in­crease.” “A num­ber of those who are at hospi­tal are in a se­ri­ous condition,” Khan said. Emer­gency work­ers worked for hours to free five peo­ple trapped in the wreck­age of the two-car­riage tram that tipped on its side next to an un­der­pass in the Croy­don area. The tram ap­peared to have come off the rails on a sharp bend. Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said they had ar­rested a man - re­port­edly the tram’s driver - and rail ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing to de­ter­mine the cause. “Five peo­ple have sadly died fol­low­ing this in­ci­dent,” po­lice said. Liam Le­hane of the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice de­scribed many of the peo­ple hurt as “walk­ing wounded” but said oth­ers suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

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