“Friendly, genuine lad”: tributes paid to young man killed in Croydon accident

The first victim of the tragic tram crash in Croydon has been named.

19-year-old Dane Chinnery was among seven who tragically died in the derailment yesterday morning.

50 more were injured.

Family and friends have been paying tribute to Dane on social media. “Dane is the funniest boy I’ve ever met in my life,” said one.

“If anyone ever needed anything he’d be there doing all he can to help.”

And the BBC spoke to a fellow passenger, Tom Dale, who was on the tram.

“[Dane Chinnery] was just a friendly, genuine lad, did no harm to nobody really.

“No-one deserves for this to happen to them.”

Mr Chinnery was a Crystal Palace fan. The club told the BBC: “The club wishes a full and speedy recovery to the many people who suffered injuries.

“This was a terrible event in the heart of Croydon and we stand with the community at this difficult time.”

A statement yesterday from London Ambulance Service said: “We would like to express our sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragic incident, and thank our ambulance staff for their work under very difficult circumstances today.

“We were called at 6.13am to reports of a tram derailment at Addiscombe Road in Croydon.

“We sent 22 ambulance crews, 12 officers, and two advanced paramedic practitioners to the scene, alongside our hazardous area response team, who are trained to provide emergency medical care in hazardous areas such as confined spaces or where there may be hazardous materials.”

(Pic: BBC)

 

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