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Friday, 11 November 2016

Update: Croydon tram crash


Message from Gold Commander DCC Adrian Hanstock.

“When we first took a call about an incident involving a tram in Croydon on Wednesday morning, none of us could have anticipated the scale of the tragedy and extent of the scene of devastation that lay ahead.

Police officers and members of the emergency services who were first on scene were met with more than 50 injured people – and, as we know now, encountered seven people who sadly lost their lives following this tragic incident.

We are supporting the Coroner in her formal arrangements to identify the victims as soon as possible. We have specially trained officers supporting their families and loved ones, helping them through what could be a lengthy inquest process.

I want to pay tribute to the community of Croydon who have shown incredible strength and resilience during this difficult time, as well as every single member of the emergency services and other agencies who have helped throughout.

Since Wednesday, scores of police officers, paramedics, firefighters, safety experts and others have worked through the day and night. The hospitals provided outstanding treatment and care to more than 50 injured people; local businesses and residents provided emergency workers with support, food and drink; Croydon Council opened its doors to the community; and charities, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Railway Chaplains, came to offer their support.

This has been a challenging and difficult week for everyone in Croydon – not least for those directly affected and the local community – I want to thank everyone for their continued patience while we fully investigate the circumstances of what happened.

We expect the tram to be removed from the site during the next 24 hours and would ask that the families are given the time and space they need to grieve.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:23 pm  

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