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London tram crash: Victims named


Four out of the seven people who died in the London tram derailment have now been named.
Phil Seary, Mark Smith, Dorota Rynkiewicz and Dane Chinnery were all travelling on the tram when it crashed at the start of rush hour on Wednesday.
More than 50 people also suffered injuries in the accident, some of which were described as life-threatening or serious.
As a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the crash, Armistice Day officials added an extra minute’s silence to the memorial ceremony held at Croydon Cenotaph.
As heartbroken families try to come to terms with losing their loved ones, investigators with British Transport Police (BTP) are probing comments made in a post on Facebook which said a tram had lifted onto one side while travelling at 40mph in the same spot as where the accident took place. According to official reports, the maximum speed there should be 12mph.
The family of 57-year-old Phil Seary described him as a “much loved wonderful son, faithful husband and a loving and doting father”.
In a statement, they added: “Everyone that knew him said he was a gentle giant with a heart to match… He will be immensely missed by all that had the great fortune to know him.”
Meanwhile, Osvaldas Novikovas, the brother-in-law of Mark Smith said he was a “wonderful husband, an amazing brother, amazing son to his parents.”
Workmates of Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, from New Addington, paid tribute to the only woman to die in the accident.
Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK where she worked, said the firm “offered our heartfelt condolences to her family and we are doing all we can to support them at this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, Dane Chinnery, 19, a Crystal Palace fan was the first person to be named following the crash.
Investigators are now urging any passengers who feel they have information about the crash to come forward.
While investigators have already revealed they believe the tram was travelling at a speed far in excess of that it should have been doing while going around a corner, they are trying to determine why it was going too fast.
An initial report will be released as early as next week. However, that will simply set out the scope of the investigation itself, which is expected to take months.
The driver of the tram was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released on bail to appear back before police in May.