At least seven people were killed and dozens more were injured when a tram derailed near London on Wednesday, the British police and emergency services said.
Investigators said the train, which tipped over on its side, apparently was going faster than permitted. Police arrested the 42-year-old tram driver on suspicion of manslaughter.
The police were called to the scene in Croydon, south of the British capital, shortly after 6 am, and officers, firefighters and paramedics worked through the morning to free people who were trapped inside the tram, the British Transport Police said in a statement.
“At least seven people are now confirmed as having died as a result of the incident,” the transport police said in a statement.
Passenger Martin Bamford, 30, told Fox News the train speeded up and “everyone just literally went flying.”
“There was a woman that was on top of me … I don’t think she made it at all,” Bamford said outside Croydon University Hospital, where he was treated for rib injuries. “She wasn’t responsive. There was blood everywhere.”
“Our officers will continue to work tirelessly throughout the evening to formally identify them and provide care and support for their families,” said Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock. London Ambulance Service said 51 others had been taken to two hospitals, of whom eight people had sustained serious injuries, BBC reported.
British Prime Minister Theresa May offered her condolences and prayers for the victims and their families. City mayor Sadiq Khan visited the accident site.