Woman suffers life-threatening injuries boarding Twickenham bus

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Injured: The 92-year-old woman was taken to hospital Injured: The 92-year-old woman was taken to hospital

A 92-year-old woman has sustained life-threatening injuries while boarding a bus in Twickenham this afternoon.

Police were called to reports of an elderly lady falling as she attempted to get on a Richmond-bound 490 bus in King Street, outside WH Smith, at 12.14pm today.

It is believed she fell onto the pavement, where she suffered "very serious" leg and hip injuries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed she was taken to a central London hospital and described her situation as "severe" and "life-threatening".

Police cordoned off the area surrounding the bus and were still on the scene as much as two-and-a-half hours later.

Enquiries are ongoing, led by police officers from Richmond borough.

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4:13pm Fri 11 Oct 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

A terrible accident, just pray that she makes it.
Looking at the pictures, I have to wonder why the bus pulled up so far from the kerb. Surely the driver could have got nearer to the pavement than that.
A terrible accident, just pray that she makes it. Looking at the pictures, I have to wonder why the bus pulled up so far from the kerb. Surely the driver could have got nearer to the pavement than that. Hove Ex-Pat

8:29pm Sat 12 Oct 13

Twickenham resident says...

Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery.

However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty.....

This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better.
Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery. However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty..... This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better. Twickenham resident

8:29pm Sat 12 Oct 13

Twickenham resident says...

Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery.

However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty.....

This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better.
Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery. However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty..... This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better. Twickenham resident

8:42pm Sat 12 Oct 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Twickenham resident wrote:
Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery.

However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty.....

This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better.
I understand your concerns, but as a newly retired busman, with 43yrs service, I feel eligible to comment on the position on the vehicle. It was too far from the kerb.
[quote][p][bold]Twickenham resident[/bold] wrote: Yes I also hope the elderly lady makes a full recovery. However I think its rather presumptuous of Hove Ex Pat to comment about where the bus is in relation to the pavement. Until the results of the investigation are published no one should speculate. It seems these days there is no such thing as an accident and witch hunts are a plenty..... This is a terrible place for a bus stop anyway and the sooner it is moved the better.[/p][/quote]I understand your concerns, but as a newly retired busman, with 43yrs service, I feel eligible to comment on the position on the vehicle. It was too far from the kerb. Hove Ex-Pat

11:07pm Sat 12 Oct 13

Concerned_Resident says...

It's true to say though, that you do not know the circumstances, Ex-Pat.

That stretch of pavement is very narrow and I often have to step down the kerb to pass some of the inconsiderate imbeciles who refuse to move to allow people to pass. Maybe there was someone like this in the way? Perhaps there was a delivery vehicle parked just before the bus stop (there often is at this point) or another bus and the driver did his best to pull as near to the pavement as possible. These buses can be lowered anyway, so it not being right next to the kerb is hardly a disaster. It must be said though - people upwards of 90 do have falls. Perhaps this was just a tragic accident with nobody to blame.

I do hope that the injured person makes a full and speedy recovery though.
It's true to say though, that you do not know the circumstances, Ex-Pat. That stretch of pavement is very narrow and I often have to step down the kerb to pass some of the inconsiderate imbeciles who refuse to move to allow people to pass. Maybe there was someone like this in the way? Perhaps there was a delivery vehicle parked just before the bus stop (there often is at this point) or another bus and the driver did his best to pull as near to the pavement as possible. These buses can be lowered anyway, so it not being right next to the kerb is hardly a disaster. It must be said though - people upwards of 90 do have falls. Perhaps this was just a tragic accident with nobody to blame. I do hope that the injured person makes a full and speedy recovery though. Concerned_Resident

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