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Families pay tribute to Croydon tram crash victims

Published 13/11/2016

Floral tributes and Crystal Palace football colours left near the scene where a tram crashed, killing seven people, in Croydon
Floral tributes and Crystal Palace football colours left near the scene where a tram crashed, killing seven people, in Croydon

The families of two men named as victims of the Croydon tram crash have paid tribute to them.

Donald Collett and Philip Logan, along with four other men and one woman, were killed when the tram derailed and flipped on to its side.

More than 50 people were injured in the crash that occurred during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

The driver of the tram was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned by police before being bailed until May.

On Saturday British Transport Police released the final three names of the victims after consultation with the Coroner.

The family and friends of Mr Collett, 62, from Croydon, south London, said they were "struggling to deal with this tragic news".

"Don was a well loved, funny and generous man, who could light up a room with his smile. He is tragically leaving behind a loving family, partner, adored friends and work colleagues," they said in a statement.

"Please rest in peace and know you are truly loved and greatly missed."

The family of Mr Logan, 52, from New Addington, south London, said he would be "immensely missed by all that knew him".

"Philip Logan known to all who knew him as Loag, a loving husband to Marilyn, brother to Susan, father to Lee, Tracy, Lisa and Adele, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a true family man and generous friend to all with a magnificently dry sense of humour.

"Phil was a man with more love compassion and zest for life than words can express."

Police said Robert Huxley, 63, from New Addington, also died in the tragedy, along with mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, from New Addington; Mark Smith, a 35-year-old from Croydon who had an 18-month-old son; Philip Seary, 57, a grandfather from Croydon and Dane Chinnery, 19, from New Addington.

On Saturday a group of up to 100 mourners marched to the scene and held a vigil where flowers and tributes have been left in memory of the victims.

The wrecked tram had earlier been removed from the site by lorry and taken away to be checked by investigators.

BTP detectives and officials from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) are probing what led to the two-carriage tram leaving the tracks near Sandilands station at around 6.10am on Wednesday.

Officials said the tram was travelling at a "significantly higher speed than is permitted" as it entered a tight bend before flipping on to its side and sliding for a distance.

The driver, a 42-year-old man from Beckenham, south London, was arrested at the scene. It is understood that establishing if the driver was asleep or had blacked out are lines of inquiry.

An interim report into what happened will be published by the RAIB next week, with a final report, including any safety recommendations, coming at the conclusion of the investigation.

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