First victim named as Dane Chinnery. Tributes are pouring in. The driver released on bail
Reporter: Shingirai Mupfupi | Sub-editor: Abigail Megan Widya
The first victim of the Croydon tram crash was named as Dane Chinnery, 19, from New Addington. Police have confirmed six men and one woman died after a tram derailed and overturned in East Croydon, South London on Wednesday morning, also injured more than 50 people.
Tributes are pouring in on social media for Dane who was also a Crystal Palace fan. His friends describe him as a ‘lovely, caring and beautiful young man’. Mourners have been paying their respects at the site.
Just heard about the Croydon Tram Crash. Awful news, my thoughts are particularly with Dane Chinnery’s family and friends. So sad to hear.
— Danny 🎅🏼 (@CarIJenko) November 10, 2016
Tom Dale, 20, Dane’s school friend, a survivor of the crash paid tribute, he said: “Dane was a genuine lad, did nobody any harm, really, no one deserves this to happen to them.” Barbara Dumbleton, a family friend, said Dane was “a beautiful lad” who “always had a smile on his face… he was absolutely lovely.”
Deeply saddened to hear about the death of Dane Chinnery, although I never knew him my thoughts and prayers are with him & family #rip
— Liam Dowd (@cpfc_dowd19) November 10, 2016
The death of Dane touched many people’s hearts even those who did not know him.
Dane’s parents told journalists who went to knock on their door that they were not ready to talk about their loss.
London mayor Sadiq Khan visited the scene on Wednesday and warned the death toll ‘may well increase.’
The 42-year-old driver of the tram who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and questioned amid suggestions the tram failed to brake as it took a corner at speed was released on bail. Some investigators are saying he might be asleep.British Transport Police (BTP) said it was “working with the Coroner to identify the seven people” who died.
Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said police would only be able to confirm whether all bodies had been moved from the wreckage “once we’ve been able to right the carriages”. Police also told the reporters that they hope to remove the wreckage by tomorrow.
Friends of Dane Chinnery will hold a candlelit vigil near the site on Thursday evening.