Woman dead after being hit by bus outside Victoria Station

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A 56-year-old woman has died after being struck by a bus outside London’s Victoria Bus Station this morning.

The number 13 double-decker appeared to have veered off a low-speed road, which can only be used by buses, before crashing into the back of a shelter.

Police cordoned off the scene after the crash at 8.59am and witnesses described seeing a tent put up around the victim.

The 46-year-old driver of the bus was taken to hospital before being discharged. It’s thought she had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters.

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Paramedics tried to save the victim but she was pronounced dead at 9.26am.

An area in front of the station, which is opposite Victoria Rail station’s main entrance, remained closed off.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the station will remain closed ‘for the foreseeable future’, adding: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with this pedestrian who has been killed today.’

The Metropolitan Police said it is working with British Transport Police to investigate the incident, and issued an appeal for witnesses.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who was tragically killed following a collision with a bus in Victoria this morning.

‘This will have been a deeply distressing incident for everyone involved and we have support available for those affected.

‘TfL and the operator RATP are assisting the police with their investigation.’

Writing on X, local taxi driver added: ‘Sympathy for the family and victim of the Victoria Station bus crash.’

In 2021, a female commuter was killed metres away when a stationary bus was shunted into her after it was rear-ended by another bus.

Melissa Burr, 32, was among four people injured in the crash, including the driver of the stationary bus.

Olusofa Popoola, 61, who was driving the moving bus when he accidentally accelerated, admitted causing death by careless driving and received an 18-month suspended sentence.

On Friday a woman in her 50s was left with potentially life-changing injuries after being hit by a bus in Catford, south-east London.

She was found with a severely injured leg shortly before 6pm on Friday.

The previous Saturday, two children were rushed to hospital after being hit by a bus in Stamford Hill, north-east London.

Police said enquiries into the crash are ‘ongoing’.

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