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At least 7 dead in London tram accident

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
At least 7 dead in London tram accident

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Seven people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a tram overturned in south London.</p> <p>Passengers were trapped inside the wreckage of the carriages.</p> <p>The emergency services were called at around 0610 am after the service derailed near a stop close to central Croydon in the south of the British capital.</p> <p>An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.</p> <p>Transport officials say the tram’s driver has been arrested.</p> <p>More than 70 firefighters were sent to the scene.</p> <p>Television footage showed the tram lying on its side across the tracks near a junction where the line divides.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>“We have transported over 50 patients to a number of hospitals, those being St Georges and Croydon University Hospital. Most of those patients were walking wounded. There are however a number of patients with some serious injuries. We will continue to work on the scene with the other emergency workers during the recovery operation,” said <strong>Liam Lehane, Assistant Director of Operations, London Ambulance Service</strong>.</p> <p>“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible incident that has taken place on the tram in Croydon,” said <strong>UK Prime Minister Theresa May</strong>.</p> <br /> <br />