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Six men and one woman confirmed dead in tram crash

BTP: Six men and one woman died tram derailment. Credit: ITV

British Transport Police have confirmed that six men and one woman died in yesterday's tram derailment in Croydon.

Following the incident in Croydon yesterday, we can confirm that six men and one woman have sadly died.

We are working with the Coroner to identify these seven people and their families are being supported by specially trained officers.

We remain at the scene, where investigations and forensic work continue.

– British Transport Police

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Flowers and tributes for victims of Croydon tram crash

Flowers and tributes for victims have been placed near the police cordon around the site of the Croydon tram crash.

Flowers and tributes for victims of Croydon tram crash. Credit: ITV London
Flowers and tributes for victims of Croydon tram crash. Credit: ITV London
Flowers and tributes for victims of Croydon tram crash. Credit: ITV London
Flowers and tributes for victims of Croydon tram crash. Credit: ITV London

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Driver being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter

The driver of a tram which derailed in Croydon this morning killing 7 people and wounding at least 50 others is being held by police on suspicion of manslaughter.

British Transport Police confirmed they were questioning the 42 year old man, who is from Beckenham.

An investigation is underway into exactly what caused the crash - however investigators have stated the tram was travelling at a higher than normal speed when it crashed.

Croydon eyewitness: 'People screaming and crying'

An eyewitness said 'people were screaming and crying' in the immediate aftermath of the Croydon tram derailment.

Kudirat Okesola, 46, rushed to her husband's side as soon as she heard he had been caught up in the incident.

Taiye Ajibola, who was on his way to work, was "very anxious", Ms Okesola said, adding that there was a lot of blood.

"Even my husband was covered with blood," she said.

Croydon tram eyewitness: 'People were screaming and crying'. Credit: ITV London

Ms Okesola said some people were trapped underneath the tram calling for help.

"People were screaming. People were crying," she said.

She said her husband has a "massive" cut on his face.

The Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said the "vast majority" of people have been discharged from the hospital or transferred elsewhere for ongoing care.

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