More on the crash in London…
It has been confirmed that 5 people have sadly died and many are injured after a tram crashed in Croydon, South London, this morning.
British Transport Police (BTP) have arrested the driver who is in Police custody, but would not confirm at this stage what for.
Transport for London stated that the tram derailed just after 6:00am. Fire crews arrived at the scene and were able to free a number of people. However, it is believed that two people remain trapped amongst the wreckage.
Many residents who live close by described hearing “a big crash”.
Heard a massive crash outside my window, now emergency services everywhere for the overturned tram, hope everyone is ok #croydonpic.twitter.com/gxQgnPygEJ
— Hannah Collier (@HannahCollier1) November 9, 2016
More than 50 people have been taken to hospital, 20 of those have been taken in for treatment at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London. Four of those are seriously injured.
Members of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are currently at the scene.
The overturned tram has remained on its side and looks as though it derailed at the point in which the track branches.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said everyone involved is in her thoughts and her prayers and said the government is working “closely in touch with the emergency services and other authorities to ensure that all is being done that is necessary to deal with this terrible incident.”
MP for Croydon, Gavin Barwell said on Twitter:
Anyone who’s concerned about loved ones who may have been involved in this morning’s tram accident should call Casualty Bureau 0800 0560154
— Gavin Barwell MP (@GavinBarwellMP) November 9, 2016
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told the BBC: “I am in contact with emergency services and Transport for London (TfL), who are working extremely hard to get the situation under control and treat those who have been injured.
“My thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”
More to follow
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