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Croydon tram crash inquest: Daughter recalls watching ‘dreadful’ crash on the news then calls to her dad going to voicemail


A loving daughter recalled watching the Croydon tram crash on the news and her coronary heart sinking as she frantically known as her dad’s voicemail.

It got here on the second day of the inquest into the horrific 2016 crash which killed seven.

Families of those that died when a tram derailed at the Sandilands Junction on November 9, 2016, had been current to help one another in the public gallery.

The tragic crash led to the deaths of Dane Chinnery, 19, Philip Logan, 52, Philip Seary, 57, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, all from New Addington, and Mark Smith, 35, and Donald Collett, 62, from Croydon.

Today (Tuesday, May 18) heartfelt tributes or ‘pen portraits’ to every sufferer had been introduced to the jury – some had been learn out by members of the family.

Donald Collett had a smile that may gentle up a room

Don Collett

Tracy Angelo, daughter of Don Collett relived that horrible morning, breaking down in tears greater than as soon as.

She stated: “I clearly keep in mind the Wednesday morning the horrible incident occurred. I used to be catching up with the early morning news and noticed dreadful photos a couple of tram that had derailed at Sandilands. As quickly as I noticed it my coronary heart sank, as I knew our dad obtained a really early tram. As I watched the terrible scenes unfold, I frantically known as him, solely to hold getting his voicemail.”

On the day, her sister went to Croydon University Hospital to test the beds herself.

Tracy added that the days that adopted had been “the darkest days of our lives and the ready was insufferable”.

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Philip Seary was often called ‘Tank’ to his pals

Philip Seary

Philip Seary was considered one of the longest-standing staff at London’s Royal Opera House the place he labored as a upkeep electrician.

He was well-known in New Addington and was chair of governors at Rowdown Primary School.

Heartbreakingly his spouse Ann stated he was by no means supposed to be on that tram.

She stated: “What all the time plagues me is he would usually be working nights however due to an harm sustained in August he wanted to work days; which is why he went to work that morning. He shouldn’t have been on that tram.

“My life has an enormous half lacking, I’ve had a tough time of issues however after assembly Phil my life felt full. The largest remorse I’ve will not be displaying my appreciation sufficient. There is nobody to share my news with, nobody to help me at residence.”

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Robert Huxley was a ‘devoted father’ who was killed in the crash

Robert Huxley

Ross, the son of Robert Huxley, also called Bob, learn out a press release about his father who he described as “considered one of life’s true gents”.

The tearful son stated: “Memories of a beautiful sense of humour, of happiness and good instances shared with family members and pals, which will likely be remembered with nice affection for generations to come.

“Dad inspired and comforted however by no means steered so by his household and pals’ tears, we see the blessing of figuring out and loving a fantastic household man.”

Philip Logan was a great-grandfather

Philip Logan was a great-grandfather

Philip Logan

Philip’s spouse Marilyn was not effectively sufficient to seem at the inquest right now so her pen portrait was learn out by granddaughter Danielle.

He labored as a bricklayer and builder and that morning was on his means to Mitcham to work.

The pen portrait stated: “The impact on myself was completely devastating. In a means I’m nonetheless in denial about the lack of my husband. All of my household had been badly affected by the lack of a fantastic husband and a form man.”

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Mark Smith was a eager fisherman

Mark Smith

Mark’s son together with his fiancé was simply 18-months-old when he died in the tram crash.

His mom Jean Smith learn out his pen portrait and stated his son is just too younger to keep in mind his father.

Jean stated: “Over 700 individuals got here to Mark’s funeral, with each household and pals travelling from so far as America, Australia, Ireland and Lithuania. That exhibits simply how effectively regarded and far liked he was.

“Mark touched many lives in his brief life and he continues to affect them in so many good methods, as his pals continually inform me and it’s doubtless that he’ll proceed to achieve this, that is the legacy of Mark and his character.”

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Dorota Rynkiewicz was the solely girl killed in the tragedy

Dorota Rynkiewicz

A pen portrait by Dorota’s husband Andrezej was learn out by the coroner Sarah Ormond-Walsh.

The pair met at college and moved to England from Poland in 2003 and married on Christmas Day in 2005.

She was on her means to work as a supervisor at Millie’s Cookies in Victoria Station on the morning of the crash.

Her husband’s assertion stated: “Our stunning daughters had been seven and five-years-old at the time.

“Having to inform them about the crash was terrible. Not a day goes by when the ladies and I don’t miss her terribly.”

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Dane Chinnery was the youngest victim of the tram crash

Dane Chinnery was the youngest sufferer of the tram crash

Dane Chinnery

Dane was the youngest sufferer of the tram crash at 19-years-old.

His pen portrait was learn out by a lawyer for the household and was written by his mum.

In it she wrote: “He all the time stated he was by no means leaving residence, I wonder if he would have? I’ll by no means see him develop up, get married or have kids.

“I miss my son a lot. I discuss him every single day and check out to envisage what he could be like now, and every single day my picture is my good-looking 19-year-old Dane.

“We are all utterly heartbroken and our lives won’t ever be the identical once more. It’s nonetheless laborious to imagine we’ll by no means see my Dane once more.”

After the household’s statements, the coroner learn out the explanation for demise of every sufferer.

They are as follows: Dane Chinnery – extreme chest harm. Don Collett – head and chest harm. Robert Huxley – a number of accidents. Philip Logan – head and chest accidents. Dorota – head harm. Philip Seary – a number of accidents. Mark Smith – chest accidents.

The inquest was then adjourned till Wednesday (May 18) at 10am.