5 killed in London tram derailment
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.