Croydon tram crash report could make driver fatigue safety recommendation

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An investigation into the Croydon tram crash could result in a safety recommendation for driver fatigue, it has been announced.

The way tiredness is managed by London tram operator FirstGroup may feature in a section of a final report aimed at preventing similar accidents occurring, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said.

Seven people were killed and 51 were injured when a tram came off the tracks, overturned and slid for 25 metres shortly after 6am on November 9 2016.

The final report is "nearing completion" and is expected to be published by the end of the year.

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Flowers left at the scene near the tram crash in Croydon (Steve Parsons/PA)

The RAIB said other recommendations likely to be featured in the document include:

:: Introduction of a system to prevent serious accidents due to excessive speed at high-risk locations.

:: Researching how the attention state of drivers can be detected.

:: Improving containment of passengers by tram windows and doors.

:: Creation of an industry body to facilitate more effective co-operation between tram networks and operators on safety issues.

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The scene of the tram crash in Croydon (Charlotte Ball/PA)

An interim report found the two-carriage tram was travelling at 46mph as it entered a sharp bend at Sandilands Junction, Croydon, which had a 13mph limit.

The late application of the brakes, and the absence of emergency braking, suggests the driver "lost awareness", according to RAIB.

The driver, Alfred Dorris, 43, from Beckenham, south-east London, was arrested at the scene and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

He was last questioned by police on Wednesday, when he was again released on bail.