Families of seven killed in Croydon tram disaster say they are 'haunted forever' during opening day of inquest

THE families of the seven people killed in the Croydon tram disaster say they are “haunted forever”.

Mums, sons and partners broke down in tears as they read tributes on the opening day of the inquest.

A message from Beverley Gray, mum of victim Dane Chinnery, said: “That day will never leave me. It will haunt me forever. Dane was 19 at the time, he would be 23 now. He should be here, living his dreams.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.”

The seven died when the tram derailed in 2016. Another 51 people were injured, 19 seriously.

Driver Alfred Dorris was thought to have drifted into a micro-sleep. He has been declared unfit to give evidence, to the disappointment of families at the emotionally charged opening.

Tracy Angelo, whose dad Donald Collett, 62, was killed, told the hearing: “Losing Dad has left a massive hole in our family’s lives. We all remain completely devastated.”

And Ross Huxley described his dad, Robert, 63, as “one of life’s true gentlemen”.

Families of the other victims, Philip Logan, 52, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, Philip Seary, 57, and Mark Smith, 35, also read tributes at Croydon Town Hall, in South London.

Ben Posford, representing the families, said: “It is very disappointing the driver has been diagnosed unfit to attend the inquest but they still hope they will hear an apology from him.”

The inquest is expected to last three months.

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