Croydon tram crash Teenager on his way to work among seven killed

first_imgA teenager on his way to work was one of seven people killed in the Croydon tram crash, it has emerged as the driver arrested over the tragedy is bailed by police.Dane Chinnery, 19, died after the two-car tram came off the rails and flipped onto its side while travelling at a “significantly higher speed than is permitted”. Martin Bamford, 30, from Croydon, said he recalled the tram “speeding up”, adding: “Everyone just literally went flying.”Speaking outside Croydon University Hospital, where he was being treated for fractured or broken ribs, he said people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”, describing the scene as “like something out of a film”. The tram was operating from New Addington to Wimbledon via Croydon when the accident happened at 6.10am.Scenes in the wake of the crash were described as “total carnage” and “like something out of a film” after the two-carriage tram tipped over in heavy rain next to an underpass.Survivors rescued from the wreckage said they recalled the tram failing to brake in its usual place at a bend on the track after speeding up. One said the driver told them he thought he had “blacked out”. Dane Chinnery Asked what he had seen, Mr Bamford added: “There was a woman that was on top of me … I don’t think she made it at all. She wasn’t responsive. There was blood everywhere.”Asked about the driver, he said: “I asked him if he was okay. He said ‘yeah’. I said to him ‘what happened?’ He said he thinks he blacked out.”The 42-year-old man, from Beckenham, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and taken into custody for questioning. His friend Sid Richardson told the Croydon Advertiser: “Dane was a young gentleman who made friends not enemies, peace not war and created love where there was hate.”The way he lived is a life lesson to many of us that knew Dane.”London mayor Sadiq Khan, who visited the scene on Wednesday, warned the death toll “may well increase”. Tram crash victim Martin Bamford outside Croydon University HospitalCredit:Catherine Wylie/PA Investigators are probing if the driver might have fallen asleep amid suggestions the vehicle failed to brake before taking a corner at speed.With six other deaths confirmed so far and 51 other passengers injured, the crash in south London during the Wednesday morning rush-hour was the first fatal tram crash in Britain for nearly 60 years. British Transport Police(BTP) said forensics teams are expected to stay at the crash site until Thursday evening at the earliest and identifying the dead might be a “complex and lengthy process”.A spokesman said: “A 42-year-old man arrested in connection with a derailment in Croydon yesterday has been released on police bail.”The man from Beckenham has been bailed until May while investigations continue at the scene and officers work to establish the circumstances of the incident.” Dane Chinnery, a Crystal Palace fan, was killed while on his way to work at a flood response firmCredit:Facebook Royal Navy veteran Kevin Snow, 57, was on his way to work in central London when the busy service overturned.The father of seven, from Barnsley, south Yorkshire, said the service, which he had been using regularly while working in London, failed to slow down at its usual point coming out of a tunnel between the Lloyd Park and Sandilands stops. Initial findings of the RAIB show that the tram came off the tracks as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12mph.An RAIB spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”The last known death of a tram passenger in an accident is believed to have been in 1959. Two passengers and the driver died after a tram collided with a lorry and caught fire in Glasgow.The Croydon derailment is the biggest loss of life on the British tram system since 1917, when a tram running down a hill in Dover killed 11. The tragedy is being probed by BTP and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).BTP assistant chief constable Robin Smith said officers were investigating if the driver of the Wimbledon-bound tram fell asleep at the wheel, alongside “a number of factors”. The scene after the tram overturned, leading to the deaths of seven peopleCredit:Steve Parsons/PA The tram reportedly slid for up to 10 seconds before coming to a haltCredit:RAIB/PA Croydon tram Croydon tram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Investigators at the scene of the Croydon tram crashCredit:Jim Bennett for The Telegraph Rescuers at the scene of the disaster on Wednesday morningCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Croydon tram Tram crash victim Martin Bamford outside Croydon University Hospital Mr Chinnery was from Addington, an area in the south-east of the borough of Croydon. When the train derailed at about 6.10am, he was on his way to work at Hydro Cleansing Ltd, a Croydon flood response firm.Said to be a keen football fan who followed Crystal Palace, Mr Chinnery had previously attended Addington High School. He said: “Usually as you come out the tunnel you feel the brakes, but I didn’t seem to at all. I thought, he should be braking in a minute.”The next thing I knew we were on our side. Everyone was screaming and shouting, a lot of people were injured – lots couldn’t move.”He said the tram slid for between eight and 10 seconds before coming to a halt. Investigators at the scene of the Croydon tram crashlast_img read more

Kilkenny named as Irelands 2013 Tourism Town

first_imgUpdated 29 November, 9.57amFÁILTE IRELAND HAS named Kilkenny as the country’s Tourism Town for 2013.Mulranny in county Mayo was also honoured at an awards ceremony yesterday with the Best Small Town award.Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Town Award was launched last year to encourage more Irish towns and villages to work together to enhance their appeal to visitors.The winners were chosen from a shortlist of ten top tourism towns. Both locations will each receive cash awards of €10,000 and €5,000 to help promote their locality. The other eight towns will receive €1,000 and a certificate of merit.Last year’s inaugural winner was Portmagee in county Kerry. The awards were designed to promote Irish town and villages which are working hard to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their area.Earlier, we asked readers to choose between the shortlisted towns. Here’s how you voted:Cobh, county CorkAnnie Moore was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through Ellis Island. She departed from Cobh, with her brothers Phillip and Anthony, on the steamship Nevada on 1 January 1892, her 15th birthday. Image: Cobh/ShutterstockDrogheda, county LouthImage: Drogheda/Shutterstock Ennis, county ClareEamon de Valera, addressing a meeting in Ennis just before his arrest in a 1923 photo. (AP Photo)Kenmare, county KerryThe French ‘Lasuma’ team rowing across Kenmare Bay at dawn in Ireland’s Turas adventure race, 2008. (Image: Val O’Sullivan/PA Archive/Press Association Images)KilkennyAlison Brierton and Donnacha O Connor, aged 2, from Kilkenny, watch the Irish Air Corps at the Bray Air Display on Bray Seafront, Wicklow. (Kenneth O Halloran/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Letterkenny, county DonegalImage: Letterkenny/Shutterstock Mulranny, county MayoImage: Mark Waters/FlickrMurrisk, county MayoImage: damiandude/FlickrTralee, county KerryImage: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWestport, county MayoImage: Westport/ShutterstockWhich hotspot would you like to see named Ireland’s Tourism Town for 2013? Mulranny, county Mayo (469) Cobh, county CorkDrogheda, county LouthEnnis, county ClareKenmare, county KerryKilkennyLetterkenny, county DonegalMulranny, county MayoMurrisk, county MayoTralee, county KerryWestport, county MayoVoteRead: This year was the best summer for tourist numbers since 2008 Kenmare, county Kerry (1235) Poll Results: Westport, county Mayo (1441) Tralee, county Kerry (343) Drogheda, county Louth (825) Murrisk, county Mayo (260) Cobh, county Cork (616) Letterkenny, county Donegal (1102) Kilkenny (1722) Ennis, county Clare (578)last_img read more