12:43PMPhone number to call for anyone worried about friends or relatives Bodies on stretchers were seen being carried away from the scene on Wednesday A man who was on the tram when it overturned at around 6.04am said the vehicle seemed to speed up while the driver appeared to be asleep.Martin Harris, who was on his way to work, called his mother Jane after the crash to tell her a body was lying on top of him.He is now in hospital with neck, back and head injuries.Jane Harris said: “My son was on the tram I had spoke to him for a few seconds and he said that the tram driver was going really fast it looked like the driver had fallen asleep, the next thing he new the tram had derailed and gone over.”Mrs Harris had an anxious wait to find out where her son had been taken. She is going to to visit Martin later today and expects him to be kept in hospital for treatment.Mrs Harris added: “He was on the tram, the tram was going really fast, the tram went over, my son had a dead body on him.”He was taken to hospital with four broken ribs, damaged back and neck, and a bad head.”I phoned the hospital to see if he was there gave my number and they said someone would call me back in a hour, nobody did, so I called back again and got told that a police officer would call back to let me know if he was there.”My other son was waiting for about thee-and-a half hours just for them to say he was in hospital. “Martin has to stay in hospital for tests.” Passengers reported the tram had been speeding up before the bend, which has a limit of 12mph.Martin Bamford, 30, from Croydon, said: “Everyone just literally went flying.”He said people were screaming and there was “blood everywhere”, describing the scene as “like something out of a film”.Martin Harris, who was on his way to work, told his mother he had been left badly hurt, with a dead passenger lying on top of him. 12:10PMThe scene from above 1:47PMKind-hearted grandmother offers food and shelter 1:29PMFive confirmed dead 9:24AMPeople ‘carried away on stretchers’ Croydon North MP Steve Reed on Twitter: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch said the tram derailed as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12 mph.A spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.” The Salvation Army is also supporting emergency services at scene of the derailed train in CroydonA Salvation Army spokesperson, said: “The Salvation Army is supporting emergency services at the scene of a derailed tram in Croydon.”We are distributing hot drinks and food from two Salvation Army emergency response vehicles, as well as providing a listening ear and compassionate support.”Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.”Pat Rooke, 72, a nearby resident, said it was “pandemonium” as emergency services arrived on scene early on Wednesday morning.He said some trams tend to travel quickly around the corner where the carriages derailed.”They do come around that corner very fast sometimes, and it is quite a sharp bend,” he said. 3:39PMSadiq Khan meets emergency workers at scene of derailment 3:30PM’A full spectrum of injuries’ Grandmother Sharon Yerkess has been offering food and shelter to rescue workers at the crash site near her house.She said her daughter Leanne, 31, usually catches the tram which derailed in Croydon.Ms Yerkess, 53, whose house in Addiscombe Road backs on to the scene, said: “She said there had been an accident. Firefirefighters are currently dealing with an accident involving a tram atthe Sandilands tram stop Addiscombe Rd, Croydon. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/eOldKjajsu— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) November 9, 2016 11:49AMHospital swamped Pictures of the crash from aboveCredit: Jim Bennett Dr Nnenna Osuji, medical director of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said there has been a “full spectrum” of injuries, from minor to major.Speaking outside Croydon University Hospital, she said 31 people were brought in an ambulance and seven more came on foot. Just in: British Transport Police have confirmed five people were killed in the tram derailment.A spokesman said: “We continue to work alongside our partners at the scene of a major incident in Croydon.”We were called at 6.13am this morning after a tram derailed near Sandilands tram stop.”At present, we can confirm five people have sadly died following this incident.”More than 50 others have been taken to hospital with injuries.” 11:08AMPolice confirm fatalities 3:02PM’My son had a dead body on him’ ACC Robin Smith is giving an update on the #Croydon tram derailment from the scene at the moment. pic.twitter.com/s3ws37PNxS— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 Two buses have been parked on the Sandilands bridge to obstruct the view of the felled Croydon tram below pic.twitter.com/5w9OvahIt3— Tom Ough (@tomough) November 9, 2016 We can confirm an arrest has been made in connection with the #Croydon incident. More updates to follow.— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 11:20AM’Too early to confirm numbers’ Tom Ough at the scene:The tram is in sight of the Sandilands bridge, up the line from the derailment.Earlier in the day, photographers had attempted to secure a shot of it by climbing a hillock on a garden overlooking the bridge.But two London buses have now been parked on the bridge to prevent further glimpses of the carnage.Portable loos have arrived for the police and fire crews who are likely to be here all day. The last known death of a tram passenger in an accident is believed to have been in 1959. Two passengers and the driver died after a tram collided with a lorry and caught fire in Glasgow.The death toll equals that of the 2004 Ufton Nervet rail crash in Berkshire, when a car deliberately parked on the tracks in a suicide attempt by the car driver. Seven people were also killed in the 2002 Potters Bar crash Hertfordshire, when an undetected fault on the line derailed the train, and send a carriage onto the platform.A spokesman for British Transport Police said a 42-year-old man from Beckenham had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in police custody.Finn Brennan, of the train drivers’ union Aslef, said the incident was “truly dreadful”.He said: “Lives have been lost and there are many serious injuries. This is a tragedy for all those involved. For the women and men who set out this morning on their journey to work and suffered this awful accident and their families, the grief and pain must be terrible.”There will be a full investigation into the causes of this incident by the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) and others. There should be no rush to judgment or to place blame until the facts are known.” Two people are still trapped after a tram derailed in south London.Scores of emergency services are at the scene in Croydon. Dozens of people are believed to be injured with some trappedCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Emergency services close to the location where a tram overturned in Croydon, south LondonCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire 1:18PMIncident ‘truly dreadful’ Heard a massive crash outside my window, now emergency services everywhere for the overturned tram, hope everyone is ok #croydon pic.twitter.com/gxQgnPygEJ— Hannah Collier (@HannahCollier1) November 9, 2016 London mayor Sadiq Khan arrived on Wednesday afternoon to meet emergency services at the scene of the accident.Joined by Gavin Barwell, MP for central Croydon, the mayor spoke briefly to crews involved with the rescue operation, before walking down the road towards the derailed tram. The death toll from the Croydon tram derailment might still rise, warned Sadiq Khan.”I can confirm that five people have died and we think that number may well increase,” said the mayor after visiting the scene.Fifty-one people have been taken to hospital, he confirmed, adding that several are in “a serious condition”.”We are now in the recovery stages of the operation,” said the mayor. “I want to pay tribute to the emergency services, particularly the fire brigade, British Transport Police and the London Ambulance Service.” The overturned tram appears to be on its side next to an underpass.There is a large police cordon in the area with scores of emergency vehicles on scene.Hannah Collier, who lives oppposite, said she earlier saw people being carried away on stretchers. 9:26AMUpdate: Three freed, two still trapped 🚧 SANDILANDS 🚧 Emergency Services are dealing with a serious incident at #Sandilands tram stop. Please avoid the area #Croydoncops pic.twitter.com/xp4RPNxXI5— Croydon MPS (@MPSCroydon) November 9, 2016 A tram overturned in Croydon, south LondonCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire The tram lying on it’s side after it derailed near Sandilands tram station in CroydonCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP 11:04AMImages from the scene Aerial shots of the sceneCredit:Sky News/PA Wire Police at the sceneCredit:MPS 3:57PMDeath toll ‘may well increase’, says Khan “All patients are being cared for by our clinical teams,” a statement said. “We will share further updates in due course.” Besides the 31 patients taken to Croydon University Hospital, 20 were taken to St George’s Hospital.Four of those 20 are “seriously injured”, said a spokesperson for the hospital. 3:09PMSalvation Army supports emergency services Today’s derailment is believed to be the first tram crash involving fatalities on board since 1959, when two women passengers and the driver died after a tram caught fire in Shettlestone Road, Glasgow, following a collision with a lorry.More form Tom Ough:As news is released of fatalities, the stricken tram remains far from public view as police enforce a boundary.The streets surrounding the track are quiet, with most residents having found their way to work despite the emergency services bedding in on Addiscombe Road, which skirts the line.Still on its side, the tram is lying in the drizzle in an open, brick-walled underpass that cuts through a suburb of smart detached and semi-detached houses. The Fire Brigade says it will be at the scene all day. The British Transport Police (BTP) has issued a phone number for use by friends and family of people who may have been hurt in the derailment: Finn Brennan, of the train drivers’ union Aslef, said the incident was “truly dreadful”.He said: “Lives have been lost and there are many serious injuries. This is a tragedy for all those involved. For the women and men who set out this morning on their journey to work and suffered this awful accident and their families, the grief and pain must be terrible. The local hospital has warned members of the public with minor ailments to stay away after being swamped by the injured.A total of 31 injured were brought to Croydon University Hospital following the derailment.A spokesperson for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said: “Our staff are currently caring for them so we would ask members of the public with more minor routine ailments to consider going to the local walk-in centre or their GP if possible.”We will share further updates in due course.” 2:55PMMayor of London en route to the scene 9:24AMMayor makes statement “She said she could hear a woman screaming and that it was heartbreaking.”I went outside and it was just horrific – you could hear screaming, that really hit me. It was horrible there was nothing I could do.”Ms Yerkess initially closed the windows to drown out the screaming and protect her two young grandsons. It then dawned on her that her daughter could have been on the tram.She said: “She would have got on any other day – lucky for her she was late.”She usually goes to Addiscombe to get a Red Bull before work but she didn’t today.”I just don’t know how I would have coped if she had been on it.”I actually cried – it really got to me. It was horrible to hear people and to know that people couldn’t get to them right away. I was thinking ‘God, what are they going through?”‘As rescue teams cordoned off the area, Ms Yerkess witnessed “crowds of people and flashing lights” at the scene.In a bid to help, she started making sandwiches for the rescue workers as well as offering the use of her toilet and hot water.She said: “All I have done is take out some sandwiches for them. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s horrible.”I have said ‘Just knock on the door if you need toilets and hot water’.”The family, including her daughter and two grandsons, who were off school because their road was blocked off, plan to buy more supplies to feed the workers as the rescue operation continues. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I am in contact with emergency services and TfL, who are working extremely hard to get the situation under control and treat those who have been injured. My thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”We are asking people to please visit the TfL website, tfl.gov.uk, for the latest travel information.” Police confirmed they were called to the scene at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon at around 6.10amCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire Sadiq Khan is due to arrive at Addiscombe Road shortly.The Mayor of London will meet emergency service personnel at 3pm before making a statement.Several fire engines have left the street but it otherwise remains cordoned off to the public and full of police officers and vehicles and Transport for London workers. 4:53PMTrain was travelling at ‘significantly higher speed than is permitted’ Tom Ough is at the scene:The street adjoining the accident site – Addiscombe Road – remains cordoned off and filled with emergency services personal and vehicles.Police have been sent from as far afield as Westminster to bolster a presence that includes two vehicles from the Transport for London’s Emergency Response Unit and a van from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.The Sandilands tram stop, on the far side of the empty street, is populated by a single pacing policeman rather than its usual passengers.A few metres away from the stop, a two-car tram sits abandoned on the line. Jane Harris said: “My son was on the tram I had spoke to him for a few seconds and he said that the tram was going really fast. The next thing he new the tram had derailed and gone over.”Assistant chief constable, Robin Smith, of British Transport Police, said detectives where investigating whether the driver had been asleep “alongside a number of factors”.Initial findings of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) show that the tram came off the tracks as it was negotiating a “sharp, left-hand curve” with a speed limit of 12mph.An RAIB spokesman said: “Initial indications suggest that the tram was travelling at a significantly higher speed than is permitted.”The Wimbledon-bound tram was travelling from New Addington when it overturned at around 6.10am on Wednesday morning.Pat Rooke, 72, a nearby resident, described the scene in the wake of the incident as “pandemonium”.She said: “Even my husband was covered with blood,” she said.Ms Okesola said some people were trapped underneath the tram calling for help.”People were screaming. People were crying,” she said. Robin Smith assistant chief constable of BTP has just issued an update saying: “It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”He said: “A number of people have been taken to hospital with injuries and sadly it looks as though there has been some loss of life.”It is too early for us to confirm numbers but we are working hard to assess the ongoing incident and we are continuing to focus on recovery efforts.”Liam Lehane, from the London Ambulance Service, said a number of people were seriously injured.He said: “We have transported over 50 patients to a number of hospitals.”Most of those patients were walking wounded. But there are, however, a number of patients with serious injuries. We will continue to work on the scene with the other emergency services during the recovery operation.” 1:27PMStreet filled with emergency services She said there has been “professionalism and coordination” at the hospital, adding that she was “very proud” of the staff.”When you’re sitting speaking with relatives there’s a sombreness as well as the reality of another serious incident in Croydon and the fact that, for a number of families, lives will be very different as of today,” she said.Dr Osuji said “a number of patients” would have been brought to a major trauma centre.She said there are no children among the patients at Croydon University Hospital. 9:04AMMP tweets about ‘terrible morning’ This is just breaking now: There has been “some loss of life”, police have said. This just in from our man at the scene Tom Ough:I’m over the tunnel now, but there’s a complete lockdown on 400m of road and we can’t even see the tram. That part of the track is walled off from the road.Seems like the tram skidded off the rails while taking a bend, but don’t have confirmation. A section of road almost half a kilometre long remains cordoned off next to the crash site.Another ambulance, with no siren, just arrived. Eight fire engines are present and a van filled with Tramline incident response workers was waved through at about 10.30am. Crowded rush-hour tram tips onto its side in south LondonPolice confirm five people killed and more than 50 injuredDeath toll could rise as sources say eight feared to have diedTram driver arrested as investigators probe cause of crashFirst tram crash involving fatalities on board since 1959Police are investigating whether a tram driver fell asleep at the wheel after at least seven people were killed and dozens hurt when his speeding vehicle derailed and overturned.The unnamed driver was on Wednesday night under arrest on suspicion of manslaughter following the first fatal tram crash in Britain for nearly 60 years.Accident investigators said the tram had been going at “significantly higher speed than is permitted”, when it tipped over on a sharp left-hand near the Sandilands stop in Croydon, south east London.The London mayor l warned the death toll could rise further, with some of the more than 50 injured believed to be in a critical condition. Several people were trapped for hours in the wreckage of the two derailed carriages. 10:59AMTram ‘skidded’ Anyone concerned about friends or family who may have been involved in #Croydon tram derailment can call the Casualty Bureau – 0800 056 0154— BTP (@BTP) November 9, 2016 11:47AMFirst fatal crash since 1959 Shot from BBC News helicopter #croydon pic.twitter.com/Fz61sIhmcB— Tom Edwards (@BBCTomEdwards) November 9, 2016 2:05PMBuses parked to cover scene The 23-year-old said: “I heard a massive crash at about 6.15am, then heard shouting, then the emergency services arrived. I’d say there are roughly 20-30 vehicles there now, then they started bringing up the casualties, some very seriously injured.”Adil Salahi, whose property overlooks the track, said the noise he heard was “sudden”.The 76-year-old said: “It was about 6.10/6.15 and because I was praying I could not move and try to check what it is. I thought it was something in the garage doors. Then I thought it was some lorry.” 12:18PMFour ‘seriously injured’ “There will be a full investigation into the causes of this incident by the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch) and others. There should be no rush to judgment or to place blame until the facts are known.”For now, our thoughts are with all those injured and lost, their families, Tramlink staff and the emergency service and NHS staff working to save lives as they do every day.” Thoughts on this terrible morning with everyone injured and hurt in the tram accident in Croydon, and with the rescue services at the scene— Steve Reed (@SteveReedMP) November 9, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.