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Five dead and over 50 injured in London tram crash

The incident happened in the Croydon area of the the English capital.

Updated: 4.05pm

FIVE PEOPLE WERE killed and more than 50 injured today when a London tram derailed and tipped on its side.

The incident happened at around 6:10am at a junction outside Croydon in south London. Police have declared a major incident at the scene.

“At present, we can confirm five people have sadly died following this incident,” the British Transport Police said in a statement.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in police custody.”

Investigations were under way as to what caused the two-car tram to derail.

The London Ambulance Service said 51 patients had been taken to two local hospitals. 22 ambulance crews were dispatched.

“We have treated a number of patients at the scene, mainly for minor injuries such as cuts and bruises,” said deputy operations director Peter McKenna.

However, very sadly some people have died and others have suffered serious injuries.

London’s fire department said eight fire engines and four specialist rescue units were at the scene.

Station manager Joe Kenny said earlier “firefighters have released a number of people and two people remain trapped”.

London’s only tram system, which opened in 2000, links several south London suburbs along 17 miles (28 kilometres) of track.

More than 27 million passengers used the service in 2015-16.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the emergency services were “working extremely hard to get the situation under control and treat those who have been injured”.

© AFP 2016

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