|Police markings, indicating the accident, remain on the road|
A pedestrian was hit by a bus at just before 1900 this evening in what was, according to those of you who have been in touch with me and who saw either the incident or the immediate aftermath, a very serious accident.
Almost immediately we have had the rumour mill flowing, including reports that it was a female pedestrian and that it had been a fatality. At this stage I can confirm that it is not fatal and that the person involved has been taken to hospital.I understand from a secondary source that it was actually a male pedestrian.
I have spoken to the local Shepherd's Bush Police this evening who will be putting out full details first thing tomorrow. So keep checking back and as usual in these circumstances feel free to update your fellow Bushers via the comments section.
And do stay safe.
1630 SATURDAY UPDATE - I've had three seperate reports from different sources that the man died today in hospital. I stress this is unconfirmed at this point but one of the sources in particular would seem to be in a good position to know. Not good.
1710 UPDATE - The Police have just confirmed to me that the man died this afternoon and that next of kin have been informed. They have asked that the many eye witnesses who have left comments here to contact them by calling 101 and referencing CAD 7450 of the 20th.
I suspect friends and relatives of the man may come across this article, and may have done so already. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I offer deepest sympathies. Life really can be gone in a moment.
0600 SUNDAY UPDATE - As you've done before several Bushers are updating and sharing thoughts on what happenned in the comments including eye witnesses to the accident itself. One witness in particular claims the bus driver had little chance to stop as the man ran out, and that they'll be going to Police this morning. Please do, and if anyone else has yet to report what they saw, please call them. In the meantime thanks for sharing.
1030 SUNDAY UPDATE - The Police have cnfirmed that the dead man was 60 years old, not in his fifties as reported elsewhere, and that his family was with him in the hospital when he died. Here is the statement in full:
"At 1900 hours on Friday 20th January 2012 there was a road traffic accident outside Shepherds Bush Station. A 60 year old male received serious head injuries. He was rushed to St Marys Hospital for immediate surgery".
"At 1400 hours on Saturday 21st January 2012 the male died as a result of those injuries. His next of kin was with him at the hospital".
"Officers from Metropolitan Police Traffic Command Unit are investigating the circumstances of the accident".