Woman killed in bus collision


Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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An off-duty police officer has died and her young daughter was taken to hospital following a collision on a “confusing” city centre road dubbed dangerous by safety campaigners.

Emergency services were called to Swansea’s The Kingsway following the crash between the two pedestrians, aged 41 and eight, and the X11 bus.

South Wales Police Federation confirmed the identity of the dead woman was South Wales Police Sergeant Louise Lucas.

Her daughter – who has not been named – suffered minor injuries in yesterday’s collision, but was said to be distressed and upset.

A spokesman for the South Wales Police Federation, which represents officers in the force, described the news as devastating.

He said: “Louise brightened any room she walked into and her tragic passing at such a young age will leave a huge gap within South Wales Police, her friends who loved her, but most importantly for her family, who have lost a devoted mother and wife.

“Words at this painful time can provide little consolation, but as part of her police family we share the sense of grief and loss at her passing and hope to help her children, husband, family and friends come to terms with their loss.”

South Wales Police confirmed it was continuing to investigate the cause of the tragic incident and appealed for witnesses.

Inspector Steve Davies said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the efforts of the emergency services at the scene in very difficult circumstances.”

The Kingsway has long been branded a death-trap by many local residents.

In 2006 the road was changed from a standard dual carriageway to a two-way bus lane on one side and a one-way system for cars on the other.

There have been a number of accidents on the city centre road over the past few years – including the death of 37-year-old Gower man Daniel Foss, who died after being hit by a National Express coach.

Although markings on the pavement tell pedestrians which way to look, many shoppers and workers label the “continental Kingsway” as confusing.

Several residents took to Twitter following news of Mrs Lucas’s death calling on Swansea Council to change the road back to how it used to be.

Chris Stephens wrote: “When will the council learn that the road layout is dangerous?”

And Kate Jenkins added: “That bus lane set up is completely lethal and needs to change.”

Witnesses to the collision are asked to call South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 1500110089.

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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