Several dead after tram derails, overturns in south London

LONDON,  London officials said several people have died and more than 50 have been injured after a tram derailed and overturned in the town of Croydon.

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London Mayor Sadiq said his “thoughts are with all those involved in this incident” after several people died and at least 50 were injured when a tram derailed and overturned in the town of Croydon, south London. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said it was “too early to confirm numbers” related to deaths and injuries after a tram derailed at about 6 a.m. Wednesday in the town of Croydon, south of London.

“A number of people have been taken to hospital with injuries and sadly it looks as though there has been some loss of life,” Smith told reporters during a press briefing. “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”

London Ambulance Service said 51 people have been taken to nearby hospitals. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the incident.

“I am in contact with emergency services and [Transport for London], who are working extremely hard to get the situation under control and treat those who have been injured,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement. “My thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”

Wednesday’s tram incident is believed to be the first in England to involve fatalities aboard since 1959.

By Andrew V. Pestano