Appeal for witnesses after Lewes Road bus accident which left teen fighting for life

The Argus: Appeal for witnesses after Lewes Road bus accident which left teen fighting for life Appeal for witnesses after Lewes Road bus accident which left teen fighting for life

Brighton police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a teenager was left fighting for her life after being hit by a bus on the Lewes Road. 

The 18-year-old was airlifted to hospital following the crash, which happened at the height of yesterday morning's rush hour at 8.35am near the junction with Ringmer Road. 

She was taken to Southampton Hospital neurological unit where she was described as being in a critical condition last night. 

The driver of the Compass Travel bus was uninjured, but described by his employers as "badly shaken" and "traumatised". 

The bus was travelling south in a bus lane on its way to the city centre to start its route when the accident happened. 

The road was closed for two hours to enable police to carry out an examination of the scene.

Natalie Banks, who was in nearby Barcombe Road at the time, was first on the scene. 

She told The Argus: "I went straight to her, covered her up with my coat and held her hand but she was unconscious and struggling to breathe.

"It was just horrific, They were doing CPR on her for over ten minutes. She was worked on in the road then they put her in the helicopter."

A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

Police would like to speak to anyone who has any information or who saw the collision. Phone 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk and quote Operation Realm.

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10:25am Wed 29 Jan 14

Metro Reader says...

A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company. Metro Reader

10:47am Wed 29 Jan 14

Pinkfairy15 says...

I hope this poor girl makes a speedy recovery, sending my thoughts & prayers to her & her family.
I hope this poor girl makes a speedy recovery, sending my thoughts & prayers to her & her family. Pinkfairy15

11:00am Wed 29 Jan 14

wendy-uk says...

Thoughts and prayers to the girl and the driver.
Thoughts and prayers to the girl and the driver. wendy-uk

11:01am Wed 29 Jan 14

wendy-uk says...

Metro Reader wrote:
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
I presume you mean callous as Callas was an opera singer? The company are being neither, they are just explaining what the condition of the bus was at the time.
[quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.[/p][/quote]I presume you mean callous as Callas was an opera singer? The company are being neither, they are just explaining what the condition of the bus was at the time. wendy-uk

3:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

comanche762 says...

Metro Reader wrote:
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
idiot
[quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.[/p][/quote]idiot comanche762

5:30pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bonggo says...

comanche762 wrote:
Metro Reader wrote:
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
idiot
Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road.
[quote][p][bold]comanche762[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.[/p][/quote]idiot[/p][/quote]Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road. bonggo

5:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Dandyli0n says...

bonggo wrote:
comanche762 wrote:
Metro Reader wrote:
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
idiot
Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road.
Hi Bonggo, you are getting Brighton & Hove Buses confused with Compass Travel buses. They are not the same companies.

It remains to be seen whether or not the bus was speeding. I am sure this will be made clear soon as there are in fact speed cameras on that road. Until then I fail to see what the point is of this misdirected and childish blame-throwing.
[quote][p][bold]bonggo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]comanche762[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.[/p][/quote]idiot[/p][/quote]Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road.[/p][/quote]Hi Bonggo, you are getting Brighton & Hove Buses confused with Compass Travel buses. They are not the same companies. It remains to be seen whether or not the bus was speeding. I am sure this will be made clear soon as there are in fact speed cameras on that road. Until then I fail to see what the point is of this misdirected and childish blame-throwing. Dandyli0n

8:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

tweety1428 says...

The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery.
The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery. tweety1428

10:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

bonggo wrote:
comanche762 wrote:
Metro Reader wrote:
A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road"

How Cold and Callas.

The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.
idiot
Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road.
I recall seeing a woman being hit by a bus at the bottom of North Street, about 3 years ago, that also cracked the windscreen of the bus, and the bus was doing 15mph maximum,, in that stretch between Old Steine and the mini roundabout at the taxi rank, so like I learned yesterday, please think before you comment ;)
[quote][p][bold]bonggo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]comanche762[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: A spokesmanfor the bus company said: "There's no indication there was anything wrong with the bus and it was progressing normally along the road" How Cold and Callas. The Police will determin what happend not the bus company.[/p][/quote]idiot[/p][/quote]Those buses use bus lane like a racing track. I see them speeding all the time and this isn't the first time they've splattered someone. Cold and callous correctly represents some attitudes within the Brighton bus company, shirking responsibility. I hope the police do look at how her head could have smashed the bus windscreen on a 30mph road.[/p][/quote]I recall seeing a woman being hit by a bus at the bottom of North Street, about 3 years ago, that also cracked the windscreen of the bus, and the bus was doing 15mph maximum,, in that stretch between Old Steine and the mini roundabout at the taxi rank, so like I learned yesterday, please think before you comment ;) All 9 of me

6:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

brighton bluenose says...

tweety1428 wrote:
The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery.
Perhaps you can explain just why a bus lane, as they have in many towns and cities across the country, was 'an accident waiting to happen'?!
While you're at it please clarify the diffence between just buses using the bus lane is more dangerous than when buses, lorries and cars were all using that lane?
[quote][p][bold]tweety1428[/bold] wrote: The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you can explain just why a bus lane, as they have in many towns and cities across the country, was 'an accident waiting to happen'?! While you're at it please clarify the diffence between just buses using the bus lane is more dangerous than when buses, lorries and cars were all using that lane? brighton bluenose

12:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
tweety1428 wrote:
The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery.
Perhaps you can explain just why a bus lane, as they have in many towns and cities across the country, was 'an accident waiting to happen'?!
While you're at it please clarify the diffence between just buses using the bus lane is more dangerous than when buses, lorries and cars were all using that lane?
I think the bus lane can be more dangerous. When you have traffic in gridlock or moving slowly, people are tempted to start to cross the road by walking between the cars. Then they reach the bus lane where buses and taxis are doing 30mph - sometimes in the case of taxis, 40mph. A quick glance and they step out into the bus lane. Slow moving traffic can lull people into a false sense of security if there is a lane of fast moving traffic running alongside it . When cars etc could use both lanes, both sides were running at approximately the same speed so people didn't tend to wander out.

On Lewes Road the railings in the centre - which prevented people crossing willy nilly - have been removed and I think this has made the road more dangerous for pedestrians.
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tweety1428[/bold] wrote: The bus was NOT in the bus lane at all. You can even see that in the picture. That stupid bus lane was a no no from the start but no one listens to brighton residents. They just do what they want. Many people said it was an accident waiting to happen right from the start & now it has happend. I just hope & pray the young lady makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you can explain just why a bus lane, as they have in many towns and cities across the country, was 'an accident waiting to happen'?! While you're at it please clarify the diffence between just buses using the bus lane is more dangerous than when buses, lorries and cars were all using that lane?[/p][/quote]I think the bus lane can be more dangerous. When you have traffic in gridlock or moving slowly, people are tempted to start to cross the road by walking between the cars. Then they reach the bus lane where buses and taxis are doing 30mph - sometimes in the case of taxis, 40mph. A quick glance and they step out into the bus lane. Slow moving traffic can lull people into a false sense of security if there is a lane of fast moving traffic running alongside it . When cars etc could use both lanes, both sides were running at approximately the same speed so people didn't tend to wander out. On Lewes Road the railings in the centre - which prevented people crossing willy nilly - have been removed and I think this has made the road more dangerous for pedestrians. thevoiceoftruth

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