Was the Croydon tram driver texting when he crashed?


The driver of the London tram which crashed killing seven people may have been texting at the time of the accident, according to reports.
Six men and one woman lost their lives and more than 50 people suffered injuries in the crash at the start of rush hour on Wednesday morning.
Accident investigators have already indicated that the tram was travelling at much higher speeds than it should have been when it took a corner.
How, it has emerged that the driver, Alfred Dorris, 42, of Beckenham, south London, may have been in the middle of a text message at the time of the crash.
He has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and bailed while investigators continue looking into the cause of the crash.
Police have been going through the driver’s phone records which are reported to have revealed that he was busy texting.
Another line of inquiry investigators are looking at is whether the driver fell asleep at the controls. They are also examining claims that a tram lifted onto one side while travelling at 40mph on the same stretch of track. The official speed limit around the corner is reported to be 12mph.
Differing reports from a source quoted as being close to the investigation say it is believed that the driver blacked out and fell on the accelerator.
A fellow tram driver said that Mr Dorris was “well respected” and did not drink alcohol.
Tram operator First Group said that Mr Dorris had worked for the group since 2008. However, it added: “There are ongoing processes and procedures in place so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”
The seven people who died in the crash are are Donald Collett, 62, from Croydon; Philip Logan, 52, from New Addington; and Robert Huxley, 63, also from New Addington.The four other victims, named earlier, were: Mark Colin Smith, 35; Philip Seary, 57; Dane Henry Chinnery, 19; and DorotaRynkiewicz, 35
Commuter Andy Smith said he had already warned officials at Transport for London, having written to them to complain that trams were travelling too fast on the bend where the derailment took place.
He said: ‘I felt that the train was going to derail because the speed was so fast I didn’t think we were going to make the left-hand turn. I knew this was coming.’

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