Crane arrives at Croydon crash scene to take away wreckage

The derailed Croydon tram, which killed seven people and injured over 50, is set to be removed from the site later.

A crane was spotted arriving earlier today, two days after the incident.

An extra minute of silence was held at the Croydon cenotaph to honour the victims after the two minutes for Armistice Day.

Investigations are now underway. The BBC is reporting that the Rail Accident Investigation Branch believes the tram was travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”.

Tim O’Toole, CEO of First Group – which runs the service – said the company had “comprehensive safety processes and controls in place” and that it could take time to find out the causes.

Andrew Braddock, from trade body Tram UK, said: “You are 15 times safer travelling on a tram than you would be in a bus, 24 times safer than you would be in a car.”

“We had a dreadful incident in Croydon yesterday, there’s absolutely no getting away from that, but it’s extremely rare.”

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