Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Pensioner hit by bus loses fight for life

An 85-year-old woman has died after she was hit by a bus in Co Down.

The grandmother, named locally as Margaret Paxton, was injured in Scarva Street, Banbridge, at 2.30pm on Tuesday.

The family is well-known in the town. Mrs Paxton’s son owns The Railway Inn in Reilly Street.

A police spokeswoman said the woman died yesterday morning, although her injuries had not initially been thought to be life-threatening.

SDLP councillor Seamus Doyle expressed his sympathy to the Paxton family.

Ulster Unionist councillor Joan Baird expressed her shock. “It’s dreadful at 85 to leave this world in such a way. My sympathy goes out to this lady’s family,” she said.

“I knew this lady to see and say hello to and she really was a lovely lady.”

A Translink spokesperson said: “We can confirm an incident occurred on Tuesday June 2 on Scarva Road, Banbridge.

“PSNI have informed us that the lady involved has since passed away. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

“Translink are assisting PSNI with their investigation.”

Meanwhile, an elderly lady was taken to hospital after she was hit by a vehicle at around 4pm in Newry Street, Rathfriland.

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