The Croydon tram driver was typing a text when the vehicle flipped and killed seven people, it was claimed last night. Detectives are said to be scouring his phone records.
They are also investigating reports a tram “lifted onto one side” at 40mph in another incident in the area last month. Earlier yesterday police named the final three victims as Donald Collett, 62, from Croydon, South London, Philip Logan, 52, and Robert Huxley, 63, both from nearby New Addington.
Mark Smith, 35, Philip Seary, 57, Dane Chinnery, 19, and Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, all from Croydon or New Addington, also died on Wednesday morning. They had been named locally. A source told The Sun: “The driver’s mobile has been closely examined and it is said he was halfway through writing a text message. It could have serious repercussions for him.”
The 42-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and quizzed by investigators who revealed the vehicle was travelling “significantly” above the permitted speed. A British Transport Police spokesman declined to comment on the texting claims but said “all enquiries continue”.