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Croydon tram crash probe to call for new system to prevent high-speed accidents

Seven people died and 51 were injured in the crash on November 9 last year.

An investigation into the Croydon tram crash is likely to call for the introduction of a system to prevent serious accidents due to excessive speed at high-risk locations.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said it expects to make the recommendation when it publishes its final report into the south-east London crash, which left seven people dead and 51 injured on November 9 last year.

It is also likely to urge tram operators to improve the containment of passengers by windows and doors, and commission research into how the attention state of drivers can be detected.

The creation of an industry body to facilitate more effective cooperation between tram networks and operators on safety issues is also expected to be recommended.

RAIB is writing its final report and is aiming to release it within a year of the accident, but warned that the publication date is “subject to a number of factors”.

Around 70 passengers were on the two-carriage tram when it came off the tracks, overturned and slid for 25 metres.

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The accident happened on a bend near the Sandilands junction (Steve Parsons/PA)

An interim accident report found it was travelling at 46mph as it entered a sharp bend at Sandilands Junction, which had a 13mph limit.

The late application of the brakes, and the absence of emergency braking, suggested the driver had “lost awareness”, according to RAIB.

The driver, Alfred Dorris, 42, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested at the scene and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

He has been bailed until September.

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