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