Further report into the Croydon tram crashMarch 6th, 2017
A further report has now been released in relation to the Croydon tram crash which happened back in November 2016.
A full investigation is underway to establish what happened and what exactly caused the tram to derail that morning. An interim report has already been released stating the tram was travelling at 43.5mph in a 12mph zone, over 3 times the speed limit when it derailed.
This additional report now shows investigators believe the driver of the tram “lost awareness”. The driver also failed to use the hazard brake to reduce his speed further as he approached the bend. “The late application of the brakes and the absence of emergency braking suggest that the driver had lost awareness that he was approaching the tight left-hand curve.”
The report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) also revealed that the brakes were only applied 2 and a half seconds before the bend, despite the need to apply them 180m beforehand to safely reduce the speed and manoeuvre the corner.
It was further found that the sign to warn of the change of speed limit could only be seen 120m away in good conditions, despite the need for 180m slowing distance. On the morning of the accident, there was heavy rain, which would have reduced the distance the sign could have been seen even further. “There was no sign to indicate to drivers where they should begin to apply the brakes for the Sandilands curve, they were expected to know this from their knowledge of the route.”
CFG Law is representing a client who was involved in the tram crash and sustained injuries as a result. Robert Jones, Senior Associate Solicitor commented, “It is important that it is established exactly what happened on that day and what caused this terrible accident to occur. The families of the people who sadly lost their lives, as well as the many other people who were injured in the accident deserve to know what and why this accident happened and feel assured that an accident like this won’t happen again. We are working hard to secure support for our client in order to help him to recover from his injuries.”
CFG Law is a specialist serious injury firm with over 25 years’ experience helping people after they have sustained life changing injuries in an accident. To find out how we could help you, call us 24 hours a day on 0800 612 8196.