Fire crews and the ambulance service have been battling at the scene where a tram overturned today.
It's being reported that at approximately 6:15 am as the tram approached a sharp bend at Sandilands tram stop and was somehow derailed and came to a stop lying diagonally across the tracks at the interchange. The Croydon tram link was closed between Reeves corner and Addiscombe Village.
Eye witness reports from Hannah Collier, 23, who lives nearby, said she saw people being carried away on stretchers. She said: “I was in bed watching the election when I heard a massive crash at about 6.15am, which I thought was the wind. Then I heard people shouting and then the emergency services arriving. Later I saw at least one person being brought out on a stretcher. I’d say there are roughly 20-30 emergency vehicles there now, then they started bringing up the casualties, some very seriously injured.”
British Transport Police spokesperson said “Five people have sadly died following this incident. More than 50 others have been taken to hospital with injuries.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of those who have lost their lives today and everyone involved in this tragic incident.
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