Serious Injury Experts Call For Investigation To Determine Why The Tram Was Travelling Too Fast
Now serious injury experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell are urging the investigators to continue their swift and thorough investigation to determine why the tram was travelling at such a speed so that the risk of future incidents can be reduced.
A report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram was travelling at 43.5mph as it turned a corner in the early hours of Wednesday 9 November at 6:07am. The speed limit for the bend is 12.5mph.
The data content from a “black box” on the tram was downloaded by investigators with their latest report concluding that there was no track failure and “no malfunctioning of the braking system.”
Six men and a woman died from the crash, and 51 people were injured – some of which were suffering life-changing injuries – when the two-carriage tram flipped onto its side as it approached the Sandilands Junction.
The tram was driven by Alfred Dorris who has been working for the tram operator for eight years, and was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released on bail until next May.
The victims were Dane Chinnery, 19, Philip Logan, 52, Philip Seary, 57, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, all from New Addington, and Mark Smith, 35 and Donald Collett, 62, both from Croydon.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell regularly work on behalf of victims who have been involved in passenger transport crashes and can guide and support them through the difficult and traumatic experience.
Irwin Mitchell has championed many group claims over the years which have required highly specialised expertise; including the Hatfield train crash and Shoreham airshow disaster.
Colin Ettinger, an expert serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s London office who has represented many victims of disasters and accidents, said:
“The impact of incidents such as this are obviously devastating for those families who have lost loved ones and the injuries suffered by other victims can be life-changing with survivors needing a life-time of care and rehabilitation to help them overcome both the physical and psychological trauma.
“For the vast majority of the time public transport is an incredibly safe way to travel, but sadly was not the case for those unfortunate victims on board this Croydon tram which has now been found to have been travelling too fast.
“Lessons must be learned from the thorough investigation by the RAIB into why the tram was travelling at this speed, to ensure an accident like this cannot happen again.
“The investigation will need to be clear and concise to restore the public’s confidence in using such transport. And so that the survivors and family members of those who tragically did not survive receive the closure that they deserve.”
Colin Ettinger - Consultant