Tributes to passengers killed in Croydon tram derailment


Six men and one woman died and more than 50 people were injured in the crash.

"Our thoughts are with your devastated family, your loving fiancée Indre, young son and your family and friends".

The 20-year-old said when the tram crashed he tried to find his friend.

Nineteen-year-old Dane Chinnery was identified on Thursday as the first known victim of the derailment that left seven dead and three seriously injured on Wednesday morning.

The Crystal Palace fan, who worked at a drainage company, has been described as "kind, funny, honest and intelligent". Her relatives said they "feared the worst" for the Polish mother-of-two after she had not been heard from in the 48 hours following the crash.

British Transport Police are also looking at claims from passengers that a tram nearly came off the tracks in the same place last week.

Two carriages of the tram which derailed in Croydon, south London, were covered with tarpaulin and lifted on to a low loader by a giant crane.

"RIP dude, the world's a sadder place without you that's for sure, my heart goes out to your loved ones that you've left behind".

Simon Smith, chief executive of SSP UK where she worked, told the BBC the company "offered our heartfelt condolences to her family and we are doing all we can to support them at this hard time".

His close friend, Aaron Gilbert, said "nothing will ever be the same without him".

Tom Dale, who was travelling on the tram with Mr Chinnery, told Sky News: "Dane was a genuine lad, did nobody any harm, really, no one deserves this to happen to them".

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The tragedy is being probed by BTP and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

London Ambulance Service said: "We have treated a number of patients and over 50 have been taken to hospital".

Liam Lehane of the London Ambulance Service described many of those hurt as "walking wounded" but said others suffered serious injuries. "They don't have any other family in England so my brother will have to raise the children alone without their mother", she said.

As the investigation into the deadly crash continues, fresh tributes have been paid to those killed.

They are looking into whether the driver fell asleep and are set to publish an interim report into the crash next week.

Initial findings of the RAIB show that the tram came off the tracks as it was negotiating a "sharp, left-hand curve" with a speed limit of 12mph.

Andrezej, who is a professional golf player and coach, was yesterday visited by British Transport Police, who have started the process of identifying the victims.

The tram driver, a 42-year-old man from Beckenham, was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police have said there has been "some loss of life" after a tram derailed this morning.

A petition has been set up online to create a permanent memorial garden of remembrance at Sandilands station to pay tribute to those who died.