Man killed after bus and tram collide

The crash scene on George Street

Damaged tram track following the accident

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A man has died after an accident involving a tram and a bus this morning.

The accident happened after a tram which had been travelling down George Street from East Croydon station was in collision with a 468 bus travelling towards West Croydon at the junction with Wellesley Road at around 10am.

The collision forced the bus down George Street at speed where it damaged a number of shops and businesses before finally coming to a halt when it hit an illegally parked silver BMW.

Accident investigators confirmed a male pedestrian, believed to be in his 20s, died after sustaining horrific injuries after being hit by both the tram and the bus.

A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said they sent a fast response car, an ambulance and a manager to George Street but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seven other people were injured in the incident including the bus driver and the tram driver.

The drivers of both vehicles were rushed to hospital, with the bus driver suffering from serious injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Speaking from the scene Croydon police's Inspector Phil Mockett said: “The area is being treated as a crime scene.

"A bus and tram collided with each other. The bus then hit a vehicle that was parked in George Street. Officers were at the scene within seconds.

“There was one person that was dead at the scene and there were eight injured in total.”

“The road will be closed for a considerable time as accident investigators attempt to piece together what happened.”

Insp Mockett added: “It was quite horrific for the officers first on the scene.”

He said that the incident could have been a lot more serious if bus’s momentum had not been absorbed by the parked car and if George Street’s shops had been busier.

Michael Wall, 22, a builder who lives near the scene of the accident said: “I heard a massive bang and the chopper flying overhead so I went out to see what was happening and saw the wreckage. It looked pretty nasty.”

Croydon’s Tramlink has been suspended between Reeves Corner and East Croydon and George Street remained cordoned off while emergency services investigate the accident.

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “Following a collision involving a route 468 bus and a tram on George Street, Croydon, a person has been killed. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the person who died and those who were injured."

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4:26pm Sun 7 Sep 08

Dave Steiert says...

I heard a bizarre crunching noise and looked out the 2nd floor window to see a bus moving at about 5mph, shunting a car in front of it. I presume the car had been parked in the loading bay in George Street. I dashed downstairs to see that the bus and car had come to a halt, the car now having hit the wall of the alleyway by the Nationwide Building Society. Diesel was leaking from the bus, and dazed and shocked people were getting off it. The bus driver remained in his seat several minutes after the impact, and looked quite dazed, but conscious. He had probably blacked out to have gone so far along the street, or simply been unable to stop the bus, in which case he did a great job in avoiding a more serious outcome. How fortunate it didn't happen on another day of the week, in which case the carnage would have been awful! Six hours later the street is empty and quiet, the bus and tram each in their resting positions. Debris from street furniture (at least 3 lamp posts and several bollards) and shop awnings litters the pavements.
I heard a bizarre crunching noise and looked out the 2nd floor window to see a bus moving at about 5mph, shunting a car in front of it. I presume the car had been parked in the loading bay in George Street. I dashed downstairs to see that the bus and car had come to a halt, the car now having hit the wall of the alleyway by the Nationwide Building Society. Diesel was leaking from the bus, and dazed and shocked people were getting off it. The bus driver remained in his seat several minutes after the impact, and looked quite dazed, but conscious. He had probably blacked out to have gone so far along the street, or simply been unable to stop the bus, in which case he did a great job in avoiding a more serious outcome. How fortunate it didn't happen on another day of the week, in which case the carnage would have been awful! Six hours later the street is empty and quiet, the bus and tram each in their resting positions. Debris from street furniture (at least 3 lamp posts and several bollards) and shop awnings litters the pavements. Dave Steiert
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8:51am Mon 8 Sep 08

ric says...

the bus hit a bmw not a vauxhall.

not that it matters much.
the bus hit a bmw not a vauxhall. not that it matters much. ric
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