Five people dead after tram overturns in horror incident

The scene of the derailed tram this morning
The scene of the derailed tram this morning
Police at the scene of the incident
Police at the scene of the incident

Five people have died after a tram overturned in south London this morning.

UPDATE (13:41)

Five people have died after the tram derailment in Croydon, south London, British Transport Police said.

More than 50 people were injured, some seriously, when the crowded rush-hour tram tipped on to its side next to an underpass near the Sandilands stop in Croydon, south London.

British Transport Police said: "At present, we can confirm five people have sadly died following this incident."

Sources at the scene said eight people were feared dead.

The driver of the derailed tram has been arrested.

The incident, involving a two-car vehicle, happened in a tunnel in south London, a Transport for London spokesman said.

Police confirmed they were called to the scene at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon at around 6.10am.

A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said: "A two-car tram overturned. Five persons are confirmed trapped, and 40 persons injured."

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We are attending an incident in the Croydon area and have multiple resources on way."

Images showed emergency services working at the scene of what police described as a "serious incident".

Hannah Collier tweeted: "Heard a massive crash outside my window, now emergency services everywhere for the overturned tram, hope everyone is ok."