The Independent London Newspaper
17th October 2018

Police investigate claims that coach death woman ‘lay under its wheels’

    The scene in Midland Road last night (Tuesday)

    Published: 30 November, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE are investigating claims that a woman who was killed after being hit by a coach had been lying down under the vehicle’s wheels while it was stopped at traffic lights in King’s Cross. 

    The 58-year-old died at the scene next to the British Library in Midland Road at around 4.20pm on Tuesday. 

    The first police officers to arrive were responding to reports of a “female pedestrian in collision with a coach”, Scotland Yard said. But it is understood witnesses told police they saw the victim crawl under the rear wheels of the vehicle moments before it pulled away. 

    The New Journal has learned that the woman, who lived in Islington, was reported missing by family members just minutes before she died. The driver of the coach stopped at the scene and police confirmed that no other vehicles were involved – quashing earlier rumours that a car had turned into oncoming traffic and caused a collision. No arrests have been made. 

    Midland Road was closed until 9pm on Tuesday while detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit examined the vehicle. Officers could be seen inspecting the rear wheels of the coach. 

    A spokesman for Marshalls Coaches, who said there were no passengers onboard at the time, said: “It is horrific that it happened. We are deeply saddened that someone has lost their life, but the company is not at fault for this incident. We are saddened by it all – sad for family and that the driver has been put into this situation. 

    “There was nothing we could do to prevent it, which the police have confirmed. ”

    A Met spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 16.18hrs on Tuesday, 29 November by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a female pedestrian in collision with a coach in Midland Road, Camden.

    “London’s Air Ambulance attended and the woman, aged in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed. The driver of the coach stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests.

    “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating.”

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