The Croydon tram has been removed from the fatal crash scene


The tram which crashed killing seven people has been removed from the scene, as a police probe claims that another tram almost derailed in the same location last week.

Six men and one woman died and more than 50 people were injured when the carriages flipped over as the tram turned around a sharp bend in Croydon, south London, during the morning commute on Wednesday.

Among the dead were a mother with two young children, a new father, a teenager and a grandfather on his way to work after swapping shifts, according to reports.

Tram crash tributes
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The tram's driver was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned by investigators who have said the vehicle was travelling "significantly" above the permitted speed.

An operation to remove the 100ft-long articulated tram began late on Friday, with the sections seen being craned onto a flatbed lorry early on Saturday.

All sections have now been taken away from the scene as the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) continues its investigation, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Tram crash
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The only woman to have been killed in the crash was named in reports as 35-year-old Dorota Rynkiewicz, a mother with two young daughters from New Addington.

Colleagues who started a crowdfunding page to raise £5,000 for her family said Rynkiewicz was "loved by many people".

The RAIB has launched a witness appeal, with anyone who was on the tram or has information relevant to the accident being asked to complete an incident form on the organisation's website.

Armistice day
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On Friday, an extra minute's silence was held to remember the victims during the town's Armistice Day ceremony.