Injured woman recovers in hospital

A YOUNG woman remains in a serious condition today after she was trapped under a bus in Tacket Street in Ipswich town centre.Emergency services launched a rescue operation to free the 30-year-old, after it appeared she had fallen under the front of the bus at about 3pm outside Millets.

A YOUNG woman remains in a serious condition today after she was trapped under a bus in Tacket Street in Ipswich town centre.

Emergency services launched a rescue operation to free the 30-year-old, after it appeared she had fallen under the front of the bus at about 3pm outside Millets. She was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious head and pelvic injuries.

Michael Talbot, 35, an employee at Cash Converters in Tacket Street, was outside the store having a cigarette when he heard a bang from across the road. He was the first on the scene and immediately called for an ambulance.

Mr Talbot, an internet sales consultant, said: “I ran over to see how she was and saw she was under the bus. She was unconscious.

“I checked her pulse and tried to do as much as I could by keeping people out the way. There were about ten passengers on board and some kept getting on and off the bus to have a look. I could see it was pushing the bus down on her more. I know when people are in shock they don't have much common sense but I lost it a bit at that stage.”

Several members of the public watched on as two crews from Princes Street and a crew from Colchester Road hoisted the front of the First Eastern Counties bus off the ground as they worked to free the woman.

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An air ambulance landed in the Old Cattle Market bus station but the woman was taken to hospital by a road ambulance crew in the end.

Dave Grover, an air ambulance paramedic, said: “As it was a serious incident, we were called for the additional skills and drugs we have. My colleague went back to the helicopter and I got in the ambulance with the other paramedics and took her to hospital. She was semi-conscious and had head and pelvic injuries.”

A spokesman for First Eastern Counties said they were helping police with their enquiries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident to call the police headquarters roads policing unit on 01473 613500.

Did you see the accident happen or were you a passenger on the bus? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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