8th vic­tim’ of tragedy

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Amy Sharpe

A GRIEV­ING mother of two says her part­ner was the “silent eighth vic­tim” of the Croy­don tram crash.

Sally An­der­son told how Ever­ton Gros­sett was men­tally scarred after be­ing in­jured in the tragedy which killed seven pas­sen­gers a year ago.

Plagued by night­mares and panic at­tacks, he died four months later, aged 55, from a heart at­tack.

Sally, 44, who has two sons aged seven and nine, said: “Ever­ton never re­cov­ered. What he ex­pe­ri­enced that day changed him per­ma­nently, and in the end the trauma killed him.

“He had night­mares, panic at­tacks and night sweats. He never drove a car again and pub­lic trans­port was a no-go. I watched his per­son­al­ity com­pletely change.”

She was speak­ing at a memorial i n New Ad­ding­ton, Croy­don, to mark the first an­niver­sary of the crash on Thurs­day.

She added: “Not to take any­thing away from the other vic­tims, but as far as I’m con­cerned, Ever­ton is the eighth.” A DRIVERLESS shut­tle bus was in­volved in a crash less than two hours after it was launched at a cer­e­mony in Las Ve­gas.

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