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Croydon Tram Crash Was ‘Wholly Avoidable’

By Principal Lawyer, Personal Injury

A recent report into the Croydon tram crash, in which seven people died and dozens more were injured, has found that the tragedy was wholly avoidable.

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On Wednesday 9 November, 2016, a tram running between New Addington and Wimbledon derailed and overturned on a curve as it approached Sandilands Junction station. Seven people lost their lives in the accident and 51 people were taken to hospital - 16 of them from suffering serious injuries.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) reported that the sign to tell drivers of the reduced speed limit for the bend where the accident occurred was too close to the bend for a driver going at the maximum permitted speed to be able to slow down in time. The brake was applied two and a half seconds before the crash.

Our clients deserve full answers as to why and how this tragedy was allowed to happen. We look forward to receiving the findings of the full report.

I am instructed by clients involved in the accident and while they welcome the report, it is terrible for them to have to hear that the tram was travelling at over four times the speed limit at the time of the crash and that the driver had ‘lost awareness’.

Our clients deserve full answers as to why and how this tragedy was allowed to happen. We look forward to receiving the findings of the full report.

 

Richard Geraghty is a principal lawyer specialising in personal injury at Slater and Gordon in London.

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