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Tram crash survivors initiate legal proceedings

By Neil Lancefield

Several survivors of the Croydon tram crash are taking legal action against Transport for London and First Group, a law firm has announced.

They are seeking compensation following the derailment in which seven people were killed and 51 injured.

An interim report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch found that the tram was travelling at around 44mph as it entered a sharp bend with a 12mph speed limit.

The tram's driver, Alfred Dorris, was arrested at the scene and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter before being bailed until May.

Injury law firm Irwin Mitchell said it has been instructed by several survivors to take legal action against TfL, which manages the network, and First Group, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the trams.

Injury lawyer Glen Edney said: "It is vital that we get answers for the victims and that they have access to any treatment and rehabilitation they need for their injuries and to help them overcome the trauma of the crash."

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