Bus passenger of 88 left with broken neck
AN elderly woman broke her neck when a bus driver was forced into an emergency stop by a car apparently cutting across his path.
The 88-year-old was in intensive care at Frenchay Hospital yesterday after hitting her head on the seat in front of her as the bus came to a sudden halt.
She was one of only two passengers on the First single-decker number 18 bus travelling along Southmead Road towards Golf Course Lane, Filton, at about 11.45am on Wednesday.
Police spokesman Wayne Baker said: "During its journey, a car driven by a woman is reported to have driven across the path of the bus into Golf Course Lane, forcing the bus driver to brake sharply.
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"The driver of the car stopped and shouted something at the bus driver before driving off."
The seriously injured pensioner was last night described by police as being in a "critical but stable" condition.
She was thrown forward into the seat in front as the driver braked.
After being taken to hospital for treatment, x-rays revealed her neck was broken.
She also suffered cuts to the head.
A First Bus spokeswoman said the bus involved in the incident was travelling the number 18 route to Emersons Green.
"We can confirm that there was an incident on board one of our buses on Wednesday, May 16.
"The incident occurred at around 11.45, and involved a Service 18 bus, which was en route to Emersons Green at the time.
She said: "The exact details of what happened are, as yet, unclear.
"During this incident a female passenger on board the bus sustained a fall.
"The emergency services attended and the lady was taken to hospital for treatment.
"Our thoughts are currently with the woman who was injured as a result of the incident, and her family and friends.
"Our team attended the scene of the incident and are now working with the police to determine exactly what happened."
Police want witnesses to the incident, or anyone who thinks they know who the car driver was, to contact them urgently.
They are also appealing directly to the driver of the car, which was described as small and gold coloured, to contact them so they can piece together what happened.
Anyone who can help should call the Avon and Somerset police collision investigation unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.