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Tram driver held on suspicion of manslaughter after seven die in London crash

At least seven people are now confirmed as having died as a result of the incident.

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BRITISH POLICE HAVE arrested the driver of a London tram which overturned yesterday, killing seven and injuring 50.

The incident happened at around 6:10am at a junction outside Croydon in south London.

At least seven people are now confirmed as having died as a result of the incident.

Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock of British Transport Police said:

“This is a tragic incident and our hearts and thoughts go out to all those affected.”

The Rail Accident Investigations Branch said the tram derailed as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 19 kilometres per hour.

A spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”

The 42-year-old driver of the tram has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in police custody.

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

With AFP reporting

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