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‘A kind and thoughtful soul’: Tributes paid as police name woman, 32, killed in London bus crash

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Police have named the woman who was killed when two buses collided outside Victoria station in central London.

Melissa Burr, 32, from Rainham in Kent, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at around 9am on Tuesday.

In a tribute, her family described her as a “kind and thoughtful soul” who had a “quirky charm”.

The scene at Victoria bus station, central London, after a crash involving two buses in which a female pedestrian was killed and two other people were injured. Picture date: Tuesday August 10, 2021.
Image: A total of three pedestrians were involved in the crash which happened at about 8.25am on Tuesday

Witnesses said Ms Burr became trapped under one of the buses, which were both single-deckers on route 507.

A total of three pedestrians were involved in the crash which happened at about 8.25am on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but despite their efforts Ms Burr was pronounced dead.

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Two other people were treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

No arrests have been made, the force added.

A spokesperson for Ms Burr’s family said: “We are absolutely devastated by loss and the hole that this incident has left in our lives.

“Melissa was a kind and thoughtful soul, had a quirky charm with such a bright future ahead of her.

“As a family we naturally want to understand how such a tragedy occurred, but for now we just want time and space to mourn our beautiful Melissa and send her to rest with her late father.”

Detective Constable Chris May, of the Met’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “This tragic incident claimed the life of a young woman and our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

“We are continuing to piece together the circumstances surrounding this collision and I am very keen to hear from any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police.

“If you have information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

The buses crashed outside Victoria train station
Image: The buses crashed outside Victoria train station in central London

Big Issue seller Jacob Davidson, 36, described how passers-by “swarmed” the scene following the crash in an attempt to help.

“It was just a loud bang, the bus smashed into the back of the one in front.

“The front of it was all smashed in,” he said.

“There was a sound of panic… people shouting ‘can we get help’.”

Anyone with information should call the serious collision investigation unit witness lines on 020 8543 5157, call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 1450/10AUG