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UNITED IN GRIEF; Tributes to tram crash victims.

Byline: Alan Selby

FLOWERS and photos honouring a young father killed in the Croydon tram smash sit among a sea of tributes yesterday.

Family and friends of Mark Smith were among hundreds who marched to the spot near Wednesday's crash, which claimed seven lives and injured 50.

A collage of images of Mark, from Croydon, with fiancee Indre was left along with candles.

And there were personalised number plates for the 35-year-old, known as Marky, whose son is 18 months old.

Other tributes included a rose left for 19-year-old Dane Chinnery, from New Addington, with a message from his mother.

It read: "To my baby boy, rest in peace my darling, shine bright like you always did. love you, Mum xxxxxx" As the crowds marked the UK's worst rail disaster for a decade, police named the final three of the fatalities as Donald Collett, 62, of Croydon, and Philip Logan, 52, and Robert Huxley, 63, both of New Addington.

Also killed when the tram overturned while taking a bend at high speed were Philip Seary, 57, from Croydon, and Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, from New Addington.

It emerged yesterday that many of the survivors suffered horrific injuries.

And it was revealed that at least one of the bodies was badly mutilated. Several potential victims of the smash are still feared to be missing.

The tram was taken from the accident scene yesterday and the driver was named as Alfred Dorris, 42, of Beckenham, South London.

A spokesman for First Group, which operates the tram, said: "We can confirm that Alfred Dorris has worked for us since March 2008.

"Given the ongoing investigation, we don't have anything further to add at this point."

A source close to the probe said it is believed the driver blacked out and fell on an accelerator. He was given a routine test for drugs and alcohol following his arrest. A fellow driver said: "He didn't drink and was a well-respected member of the team.

"There's no truth in the suggestion he fell asleep. He says he blacked out.

"The safety features in the cab mean the tram slows down if you let go of it for three seconds but he fell on it."

Meanwhile, tens of millions of pounds in compensation payments could be due.

Helen Clifford, head of personal injury at MW Solicitors, is supporting one of the crash victims.

She said: "Every single person who has been involved in this tragedy is going to have some degree of psychological injury and for a lot of people that will be more severe than the physical effects.

"You cannot be involved in something like this and not have long-term problems. Everybody has their own level of resilience.

"Anyone with serious injuries is going to face long-term treatment and for some this incident will end their careers."


CARNAGE: Tram on its side by track

CLEAR-UP: Tram is removed yesterday

TRAGIC: Mark with his tot

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 13, 2016
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