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Croydon tram crash deaths were accidental, inquest rules

Seven people died when tram derailed and overturned when speeding around a sharp bend in 2016

The deaths of seven passengers in the Croydon tram crash were accidental, the jury at the coroner’s inquest in south London has decided.

In a narrative verdict, the jury said contributing factors were that the driver appeared to have become disoriented and not braked in time, while TOL, the tram operator, had failed to adequately account for the risk of a high-speed derailment, or ensure a “just culture” where drivers felt able to report health and safety concerns.

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