Woman dies after banging her head when bus driver braked suddenly

An elderly woman has died from her injuries when the bus she was on stopped suddenly to avoid hitting another vehicle.

The woman was on the number 89 bus in St Helens, Merseyside, on Saturday afternoon when a white van stopped, causing the Arriva bus driver to slam on his brakes. She banged her head as a result of the sudden stop and was taken to hospital in a critical condition but later died.

Other passengers administered first aid on the bus before paramedics arrived and the van driver, who left the scene, was later tracked down. Tommy Bradley, who witnessed what happened, told the St Helens Star: ‘I was on the 89 bus sat at the back.

‘The bus had gone past Aldi and was travelling up that road towards the Eccleston Arms. A white van had stopped suddenly and it forced the bus driver to suddenly brake and a lady aged 70s or early 80s ended up falling but she smacked her head on the metal pole that people use for handrails.

‘I went straight down and started with CPR and she was unresponsive.But the paramedics came and was able to get her breathing on her own. It was proper scary. Police have taken my details and I’ve given them a statement.

‘I really do hope she pulls through as she was in a bad way and the other passengers were quite distressed about it.’

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: ‘The female passenger has sadly passed away. Her next-of-kin have been informed. The driver of the van has now been traced and enquiries are ongoing.