Tram crash sufferer is fourth e-scooter rider to die in London this 12 months

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teenager has change into the fourth e-scooter rider to be killed in London this 12 months after being hit by a tram, it emerged on Thursday.

The 19-year-old male suffered severe head accidents in a collision with a fast-moving Croydon tram whereas utilizing an “uncontrolled” pedestrian crossing.

The Croydon tram community permits passengers to cross the tracks at varied factors, together with at tram stops if they should attain the other platform.

{The teenager}, who has not been named, was hit by a tram travelling between Ampere Method and Waddon Marsh tram stops.

Emergency medics, together with London’s Air Ambulance, had been dispatched to the scene of the incident, which occurred round 3.40pm on August 22.

He was taken to a serious trauma unit however died three days later. On the time of the incident, it was solely recognized that an e-scooter rider had been taken to hospital with head accidents. His demise was revealed on Thursday in a report by Transport for London commissioner Andy Byford.

Mr Byford, in a report back to subsequent week’s TfL board, mentioned: “A tram collided with an individual driving an e-scooter at an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing level between Ampere Method and the tram stops at Waddon Marsh.

“The tram driver utilized the emergency brake however couldn’t stop the collision. Sadly, the e-scooter rider died in hospital a couple of days later.

“A full investigation is beneath means, and each the Rail Accident Investigation Department and the Workplace of Rail and Highway have been knowledgeable.”

Mr Byford mentioned tram passengers who witnessed the incident had been supplied assist from the Sarah Hope Line, TfL’s incident assist service.

Finn Brennan, London district organiser for Aslef, the union that represents tram drivers, mentioned: “This can be a dreadful accident that illustrates the hectic nature of the job tram drivers do. It’s a tragedy for the household of associates of the person who died and deeply traumatic for the motive force.”

British Transport Police mentioned: “The incident is just not being handled as suspicious and a file might be ready for the coroner.”

Ampere Method is near the Valley Retail Park and IKEA’s croydon retailer. A second particular person was handled by medics and discharged on the scene.

The incident is the fourth time an e-scooter rider has been killed within the capital this 12 months.

A 14-year-old lady died in a collision with a van in Newham in March. In July, Joshim Uddin, 32, was killed by a automotive driver in a “hit and run” collision in Tower Hamlets.

Final month a 53-year-old man died in collision with a automotive in Ferndale Highway, Lambeth.

There have been 10 e-scooter deaths throughout Nice Britain final 12 months, whereas the variety of collisions involving e-scooters trebled in contrast.

There have been 1,352 reported collisions involving the battery-powered gadgets in 2021, up from 460 in 2020, in line with the Division for Transport.

E-scooters are supposed to be restricted to fifteen.5mph however some are illegally “tailored” to succeed in increased speeds. They’re additionally unlawful to make use of on public roads except they’re rented from a Authorities-approved trial scheme.


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