Rail Accident Investigation Branch
RAIB is investigating a fatal accident that occurred near to Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system. At around 06:10 hrs on Wednesday 9 November 2016, a tram derailed on the approach to the junction, and turned onto its side. The accident resulted in a number of fatalities and serious injuries (confirmed numbers will be included as an update in due course).
The tram was operating an inbound service from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon town centre. Sandilands Junction is the point where inbound trams from the Beckenham Junction/Elmers End and New Addington routes converge, shortly before they arrive at Sandilands tram stop (to the east of Croydon town centre). Trams approaching from the New Addington direction have to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve with a speed limit of 20 km/h (12 mph) before reaching the junction. The derailment occurred on the curve and initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.
We are currently collecting evidence needed to identify factors relevant to the cause of the accident and its consequences.
We will publish our findings, including any safety recommendations, at the conclusion of our investigation; these will be available on our website.
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Anyone concerned about friends or family who may have been involved in the tram derailment can call the BTP Casualty Bureau - 0800 056 0154