UK police bail driver in tram derailment that killed 7

A photo issued by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the tram which derailed near the Sandilands stop in Croydon, London, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Several people were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram derailed in south London during a heavy rainstorm before dawn Wednesday, police said. Emergency workers worked for hours to free five people trapped in the wreckage of the two-carriage tram that tipped on its side next to an underpass. (RAIB via AP)

LONDON (AP) — British police say the driver of a tram that derailed in London, killing seven people, has been released on bail.

The 42-year-old man, who has not been publicly named, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of manslaughter. British Transport Police said Thursday he had been bailed until May while the investigation continues.

The tram came off the rails while rounding a tight curve in south London’s Croydon area early Wednesday. Seven people were killed and more than 50 injured.

Emergency workers labored for hours to free several people trapped in the wreckage.

Accident investigators say the tram appears to have been “traveling at a significantly higher speed” than the permitted 12 miles per hour (20 kph). One theory under investigation is whether the driver fell asleep. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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