image caption Seven people were killed when the tram derailed at around 06:00 GMT near the Sandilands tram stop
A streetcar crash that killed seven people in Croydon was an accident, according to an investigating jury.
More than 50 people were injured when the streetcar went down overturned and derailed near the Sandilands tram stop in south London, early on November 9, 2016.
The tramway was going over three times faster than a speed limit.
Speaking after the verdict, the mother of one of the victims said families were bitterly disappointed "and that justice had not been served.
The investigation learned that the tram entered a very tight bend, just before the tram stop, at 73 km / h (45 mph). The speed limit was 20 km / h (12 mph).
The crash resulted in the deaths of 19-year-old Dane Chinnery, 52-year-old Philip Logan, 57-year-old Philip Seary, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, all of New Addington, and Mark Smith, 35, and Donald Collett, 62, of Croydon.
Family members sat in the Croydon Town Hall Public Gallery to hear the verdict, which came after more than nine days of deliberation.
The president of the jury said: "The driver of the tram became disoriented, which caused unconsciousness in his surroundings, probably due to a lack of sleep, as a result of which the driver did not brake in time and drove his tram towards a sharp curve at excessive speed.
"The tram left the rails and went away overturned on the right side, as a result of which the deceased [were] thrown from the tram and killed.
image copyright image caption In addition of the six men and one woman who died, 51 passengers were taken to hospital, eight of them with life-changing injuries
It can now be reported that the Southern Chief Coroner from London, Sarah Ormond-Walshe, declined to call a number of people whom the families of the victims wanted to testify about alleged security breaches.
These potential witnesses included senior officials from the Operator Tram Operations Ltd (TOL) - a subsidiary of FirstGroup - and Transport for London (TfL), as well as other experts.
Families said they felt " justice had been stifled ".
Analysis: Tom Edwards, correspondant of Hfrance.fr transport in London
Many believe the Croydon tram crash is the forgotten tragedy - it happened the day Donald Trump was elected President of the States -United.
Today, the families of the deceased were visibly upset and angry with the jury 's verdict.
Outside the court in tears, they addressed the media. Many do not understand why the witnesses of TfL and the tram operators or drivers of this line were not called as witnesses. One of them told me the whole process was a mess.
While Mr. Trump has moved in and out of office, families are still waiting for answers and justice.
Jean Smith, 64, mother of Mark Smith, said she was disappointed that the investigation Have not heard from TfL or the driver of the crashed tram.
"I am bitterly disappointedbecause justice has not been served today. This was a complete farce as we only heard half of the evidence and no one who could potentially have been responsible for the accident was called as a witness.
"It is morally wrong that we were unable to hear anyone from TfL, TOL or the driver during the proceedings, regardless of the legal precedent.
"Looks like they may have been hiding from testifying and this is simply not fair or fair. Justice was stifled because of the coroner's decision. "
copyright of the 'image RAIB caption of the image The tram overturned and left the tracks in darkness and heavy rain near the Sandilands stop after reaching a 73 km / h (45 mph) turn
TfL said it was the coroner's decision not to testify before the jury in 'investigation and that the general manager of its trams was present throughout.
Commissioner Andy Byford said: "We will never forget the seven people who lost their lives in the tragedy of Sandilands.
"We know that these investigations have been deeply distressing for their families and friends and everyone involved and I would like to reiterate my continued support to all concerned.
He added that TfL had made some changes "to make sure nothing like thee may reproduce ".
The families of the victims have intends to ask Attorney General Michael Ellis to ask the High Court to grant a new investigation.
Danielle Wynne, Philip Logan's granddaughter, said: "I am so upset and angry. It 's no accident. Someone is to blame.
"We want the lessons to be learned so that no other family has to go through it.
Remember the victims
Image copyright Family document image caption Mark Smith, Dane Chinnery, Phil Seary and Dorota Rynkiewicz (gd) all died in the accident figcaption>
- Dane Chinnery, 19
- Donald Collett, 62
- Robert Huxley, 63
- Philip Logan, 52,
- Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35
- Philip Seary , 57 years old
- Mark Smith, 35 years old