Tributes have been paid to a "larger than life" Chelsea FC fan who died after a tram crash in Croydon which killed six others on Wednesday (November 9).

Robert Huxley was one the victims killed after two carriages derailed following a sharp bend shortly after 6.10am, with 51 people taken to hospital.

The family of the 63-year-old said in a statement released by British Transport Police : "Early on Wednesday morning, over three days ago, Bob left his home for work and travelled by tram up to east Croydon, a journey he has made a thousand times, sadly and tragically he did not return.

"As you can appreciate for his loved ones it’s been a difficult and uncertain time, the confirmation of his death only came late this afternoon (Saturday).

Robert Huxley was a 'devoted father' who was killed in the Croydon tram crash

"Bob was a larger than life character and very hardworking," the statement went on to say

"A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.

"He was also a lifelong Chelsea supporter and a season ticket holder.

"This tragedy will have far reaching consequences and impact many people for a significant time.

"We are all heartbroken."

Following the accident, Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) launched an investigation.

RAIB added the derailment occurred at a curve where the speed limit is 12mph, but "initial indications" suggest the tram was travelling "significantly higher speed" than permitted.

One person was arrested after the tram crash.

Emergency services from London, including Ealing officers, assisted in the rescue effort along with Croydon police.

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