London tram derailment: 5 killed, more than 50 injured

Emergency services workers work at the site of the accident in Croydon on November 9. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION London, United Kingdom Nov 09, 2016, 11.24 AM (IST)

Five people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a tram overturned in London suburb Croydon on Wednesday morning. Two people continue to remain trapped, Reuters quoted police as saying.

Eight fire engines, five specialist rescue units are at the spot and more than 70 firefighters are working to free those trapped.

 

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A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman confirmed to Reuters that five people had been killed and that the tram's driver had been arrested.

A London Ambulance spokesman said 51 others had been taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. 

"A number of people have been taken to hospital with injuries and sadly we can say there has been some loss of life," BTP Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said. "It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and are continuing to focus on recovery efforts."

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible incident that has taken place on the tram in Croydon," Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Emergency services were called at about 6:10 am (0610 GMT) to reports that a tram had derailed near a stop close to central Croydon, a major transport hub close to south London.

Investigations about the cause of the accident are ongoing.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)