Driver in tram crash ‘prob­a­bly fell asleep’

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

The driver in­volved in the Croy­don tram crash that killed seven peo­ple may have fallen into a “mi­crosleep”, last­ing up to 49 sec­onds, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found.

Al­fred Dor­ris, 43, from Beck­en­ham, south-east Lon­don, was driving the tram when it came off the tracks at al­most four times the speed limit on Nov 9 last year – the worst ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a Bri­tish tram in more than 90 years. The Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (RAIB) be­lieve it is “prob­a­ble” he “tem­po­rar­ily lost aware­ness”.

The RAIB made 15 rec­om­men­da­tions in­clud­ing that op­er­a­tor Tram Op­er­a­tions Ltd, owned by Firstgroup, re­view man­age­ment of driver fa­tigue.

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