Driver of Croydon tram crash will not face charges

Pic: Rail Accident Investigation Branch

The driver of a tram which crashed in Sandilands, Croydon in 2016 killing seven passengers and injuring sixty others will not face charges.

The Crown Prosecution Service said last week that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Alfred Dorris, the driver, who was accused of gross negligence manslaughter.

The fatal accident occurred on the morning of 9 November 2016, when a tram derailed and overturned on a bend at Sandilands.

The CPS investigation found there were no drugs or alcohol detected in Dorris’ system, or a medical condition that could have impaired his driving, and that Dorris had the reputation of being a reliable and experienced tram driver.

Kevin Snow, who was injured in the crash, told Sky News he was “totally disgusted” by the news.

The granddaughter of Phillip Logan who was killed in the crash, told Sky News about how her family have suffered “three years of waiting, three years of heartbreak”.

Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has carefully reviewed all the available material in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and concluded that the evidence does not support a prosecution of the driver for the offence of gross negligence manslaughter. We considered other criminal offences, but the evidence did not support a prosecution”.

“We fully recognise the impact this decision will have on families who have lost their loved ones and we have offered to meet with them to explain our reasons in full. Our thoughts remain with everybody affected by this tragedy”.

Following the crash, Transport for London have implemented new safety procedures as recommended by an inquiry from the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch. London trams are now being fitted with automatic braking systems which automatically applies the brakes if a moving tram exceeds the speed limit.

The system is being fitted in high-risk, priority locations, but will be fitted in all London trams by the end of the year.

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