UPDATED: Pensioner hit by bus at Bolton bus station
A PENSIONER was last night in a critical condition in hospital after she was hit by a bus.
The 90-year-old woman was crossing Black Horse Street next to Bolton Bus Station at 12.35pm on Saturday when a number 36 bus hit her.
Witnesses told emergency services that the woman was briefly wedged between the bus and a safety barrier, but managed to free herself.
A bus station steward dialled 999.
The woman was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital suffering from “serious leg injuries”.
Last night police said she remained in a critical condition and under close observation.
Officers sealed off the scene for about an hour to inspect the vehicle and the road.
Bus drivers were advised to use alternative station entrances but services were not affected, except for the 36 route between Bolton and Manchester via Little Hulton as one vehicle was taken out of service.
A spokesman for First Manchester, which runs the 36, said: “We are working closely with police to investigate what happened.”
Witness Donna Hayes said on Facebook: “I feel sorry for the bus driver. I hope the woman is okay. I was there and it was upsetting.”
She then claimed other witnesses were filming the incident on mobile phones rather than helping.
Insp Matt Bailey-Smith, of police’s serious collision unit, urged witnesses to contact him. He said: “We would like to hear from anyone who was travelling on the number 36 from Manchester to Bolton when the collision happened.”
Anyone with with information should call 0161 856 4741.
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