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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

A tram which crashed in Croydon, killing seven people was travelling at three-and-a-half times the speed limit for the section of track where it derailed, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch




Seven people died in the incident, which happened a week ago today.

The report has found, the tram, which had only one member of staff on it (the driver), was travelling at 43.5 mph in a 12 mph zone.



In summary, the report listed these main points.

1) At about 06:07 hrs on Wednesday 9 November 2016, a tram running between
New Addington and Wimbledon derailed and overturned on a curve as it
approached Sandilands Junction, in Croydon. The tram travelled for a
short distance on its side before stopping in the vicinity of the junction.

2) Seven people suffered fatal injuries in the accident. A further 51 people were
taken to hospital, with eight of them suffering injuries described by the London
Ambulance Service as “serious or life-threatening”.

3) The Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s (RAIB) initial review of the on-tram data
recorder (OTDR) shows that the tram was travelling at a speed of approximately
70 km/h (43.5 mph) as it entered the curve, which had a maximum permitted
speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph).

The RAIB is responsible for conducting independent investigations into railway and tramway accidents in the UK.

The purpose of its investigations is to improve safety by establishing the causes of accidents and making recommendations to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences in the future or to mitigate their consequences.

Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents, Simon French, said:

"On behalf of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, I would like to send my condolences to those who have been injured and the families of those who died in this tragic accident. They will want to know the cause of the accident, and we will be in contact with them to keep them updated throughout our investigation, which will take some months to complete.

Our interim report sets out what we found during our site examination and in the days that followed. The tram was travelling at 70km/h (43.5 mph) on a curve with a speed limit of 20km/h (12.5 mph). We have found no evidence of track defects or obstructions and our initial investigation does not indicate any malfunction of the tram's braking system.

We have issued urgent safety advice to reduce the risk of trams approaching Sandilands Junction at excessive speed.

Our ongoing detailed investigation will now look at the wider context of the accident, including the sequence of events, the way the tram was driven, the infrastructure and how people received their injuries. We will also be looking into previous occurrences of over-speeding in this area and underlying management issues.

Our final report will include recommendations to reduce the likelihood and consequences of similar events occurring in the future."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

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