Po­lice: 7 killed, at least 50 hurt as tram de­rails in south London

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LONDON — Seven peo­ple were killed and more than 50 in­jured when a tram de­railed while round­ing a tight curve in a rain­storm in south London Wed­nes­day, po­lice said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the train, which tipped over on its side, ap­par­ently was go­ing faster than per­mit­ted.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice ini­tially said five peo­ple had died, with sev­eral others se­ri­ously in­jured. The force later raised the death toll to seven.

Po­lice ar­rested the 42year-old tram driver on sus­pi­cion of man­slaugh­ter.

Emer­gency work­ers la­bored for hours to free five peo­ple trapped in the wreck­age of the two-car­riage tram tipped over next to an un­der­pass.

The Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch said the tram de­railed as it was ne­go­ti­at­ing a sharp curve.

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