Just after 6am on 9 November 2016, a tram running between New Addington and Wimbledon stations in south London derailed and overturned on a curve as it approached Sandilands Junction, in Croydon. Seven people lost their lives in the accident and more than 50 people were injured.
The Salvation Army’s first responders were called to the scene shortly after the accident and remained at the site for three days supported the London Fire Brigade, British Transport Police and other emergency services personnel.
Today especially, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this terrible accident.
A civil memorial ceremony is taking place this morning in Market Square, New Addington, Croydon and an inscribed plinth has been installed at the square along with seating and planting to provide a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives.
The Salvation Army’s three London-based emergency response vehicles all attended at Sandilands with a rolling team of volunteers, including many from our nearby church Croydon Citadel.
The Salvation Army has been offering assistance at the scene of emergencies in London and further afield throughout its 150 year history including during world wars and following terrorist attacks such as the 7/7, Manchester and London bombings.
Captain Karl Gray, one of the leaders of our church in Clapton and Salvation Army pan-London Emergency Response Vehicle co-ordinator sums this vital work up by saying;
“We take with us God’s peace into whatever chaotic situation we may find.”
Read more about The Salvation Army’s emergency support work here www.salvationarmy.org.uk/Zwm