A 42-year-old man from Beckenham has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following yesterday’s derailment.
Several people died and dozens were injured when the tram derailed and turned on its side at around 06.10 on Wednesday November 9, near to Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system.
British Transport Police has said was too early to speculate on one single factor being the cause of the accident.
But initial investigations suggest the derailed tram was ‘travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted’
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said that the tram had to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve with a speed limit of 20 km/h before reaching the junction. A statement said: “The derailment occurred on the curve and initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”
BTP said a 42-year-old man from Beckenham has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released on police bail until May. Investigations are continuing at the scene to establish the cause and the circumstances of the incident.