Grieving families of seven people killed in the Croydon tram crash have been told their loved ones died as a result of an accident.
The jury at the inquest into their deaths has concluded that they were not unlawfully killed, following 10 days of deliberation.
Dane Chinnery, 19, Donald Collett, 62, Robert Huxley, 63, Philip Logan, 52, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, Philip Seary, 57, and Mark Smith, 35, all lost their lives following the crash on November 9, 2016.
More than 50 people were injured when the tram tipped and spun off the tracks while travelling at around 45mph – in spite of a 12mph speed limit being put in place.
A further 51 were injured when the tram derailed near Sandilands in South London.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch found tram driver Alfred Dorris may have been in a “microsleep”.
The 10-person jury reached a unanimous conclusion on Thursday that the deaths were a result of an accident.
When the inquest opened, the families of those killed spoke of their heartbreak.
Grieving mum Beverley Gray had earlier paid tribute to her son Dane.
She told the hearing that “not a day goes by” when she doesn’t think of the Crystal Palace supporter, who was also a huge fan of the band Madness.
She added: “He was a handsome lad with an infectious laugh.”
Tracy Angelo said she had struggled since losing her dad Donald Collett, 62.
She told the inquest: “One of the things he would always say to us if we called him of an evening with a worry or a problem; he would tell us to sleep on it and things would always look better in the morning.
“This piece of advice has not been something that I can say is true since November 9, 2016.”
Robert Huxley’s son Ross said his father had been “dependable and totally committed” to his family.
The father-of-two, 63, began work as an electrician at the age of 15.
Marilyn Logan, widow of builder Philip Logan, 52, paid tribute to the loving stepfather to her four children.
She added in a statement: “In a way, I am still in denial.
“All of my family were badly affected by the loss of a great husband and a very kind man.”
Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, had been on her way to work at Millie’s Cookies in Victoria Station when she died.
The seven victims
Dane Chinnery: ‘Handsome lad with an infectious laugh’
Donald Collett: Daughter Tracy told of missing her dad
Mark Smith: The specialist glass fitter was engaged
Phil Seary: ‘One of the good guys’, said widow
Philip Logan: ‘Great husband and a very kind man’
Robert Huxley: Electrician praised as devoted to family
Dorota Rynkiewicz: Was a ‘wonderful mother’.
In a statement to the inquest, her husband Andrzej paid tribute to her as a “wonderful mother”.
The widow of electrical engineer Philip Seary, 57, told the hearing she does not think she will “ever come to terms with how cruelly he was taken”.
Ann Seary said: “Phil was also warm, lovable, kind, generous… truly one of the good guys.”
Mark Smith’s mother Jean told the inquest her son, who was a specialist glass installer, had been on his way to work at a site in St James’s Park.
She described the dad-of-one, who was engaged when he died at 35, as “dedicated, reliable, responsible, respectful, honest and trustworthy”.