Croydon tram crash ’caused by driver falling asleep and speeding’

Investigators conclude operators failed to understand risk of vehicle overturning and to take enough safety measures

Investigators believe the Croydon tram crash was caused by the driver briefly falling asleep before speeding through a sharp bend, but said that tram operators had failed to properly understand the risks and put enough safety measures in place.

Inspectors said new measures were needed across Britain’s tram networks, including technology in trams to monitor drivers’ alertness and to automatically reduce speeds before dangerous junctions.

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