Police seek witnesses following Southmead Road bus incident

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Collision investigators have issued an appeal for witnesses after an 88-year-old woman was injured in an incident involving a bus in Filton.

The woman was a passenger on a single decker bus – the number 18 service operated by First Bus – which was travelling along Southmead Road towards Golf Course Lane, possibly at 11:35am yesterday (Wednesday 16th May).

During its journey, a car driven by a woman is reported to have driven across the path of the bus into Gold Course Lane, forcing the bus driver to brake sharply.

The driver of the car – which has been described as a small dark coloured, rusty brown vehicle – stopped and shouted something at the bus driver before driving off.

Two people were on the bus at the time. The 88-year-old woman was thrown forward and hit her head on the back of the seat in front of her. She received hospital treatment, for a neck injury, when a broken neck was diagnosed.

Police are keen to speak to the other woman who was travelling on the bus.

They have also appealed to the driver of the car to contact them, so they can piece together what happened.

Anyone able to help the police investigation is asked to contact the force’s collision investigation unit on 101.

UPDATE (18th May): A message on the police website reports that the injured 88-year-old woman passed away today.

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