Elderly woman dies after fall as Lincoln bus sets off, police investigating

A police investigation has been launched after a 90-year-old woman fell on board a Lincoln village bus as it set off, suffering suspected fatal injuries.

She is believed to have fallen on board the Stagecoach bus in Branston on Saturday, February 27 as it pulled away.

The woman reportedly suffered broken ribs and died in hospital on Monday, February 29 after a number of complications.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: “We can confirm that an incident took place on one of our buses in Branston, at around 9.55am on Saturday, February 27 in which a passenger was injured.

“We were later informed that the passenger had sadly passed away in hospital following the incident.

“Our first thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the person who has died.

“Safety is our absolute priority and we will give every assistance to the police in their investigation into this incident.”

Witness appeal

Sergeant Chris Dennett, the senior investigating officer, said: “There are around three of four people who were on the bus and who helped the lady.

“We have not yet managed to trace them and would really like to talk to them to see if they have any information that could assist the investigation.

“It’s possible that the people who use this specific service may be creatures of habit and can offer some information that could help.

“If you were on the bus and witnessed the incident please contact us on the witness collision hotline 01522 5588555 or the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 47 of February 29.

“The reason this is treated as a fatal road traffic collision is because legislation defines any incident falls into that category when an accident happens if it is owing to the presence of a motor vehicle.”

Formal identification and a post mortem examination are due to take place in the coming days.