Witnesses describe horrific scene after two men killed by bus in Romford

PUBLISHED: 11:43 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:25 18 November 2013

Flowers at the scene of the crash in Western road

Flowers at the scene of the crash in Western road


Hundreds of people have paid tribute to the two men killed by a bus on Friday in Romford town centre.

The men, believed to be in their mid 60s, were declared dead at the scene in Western Road, and next of kin have been informed. A post mortem and formal identification is expected to take place over the next two days.

One witness said she was left in complete shock by the horrific incident and did not know where to go for help.

Michelle Burke, commenting on the Romford Recorder Facebook page, said after the crash security guards tried to disperse the crowd of shocked witnesses.

“I was sitting hyperventilating and crying on a chair just looking at the bus and the horror I won’t describe here.

“Life had stopped and was seeing that sight and couldn’t do anything and couldn’t bring him back.

“I was looking down at them as we hit. So sorry to the families. So sorry.”

She said that people were in shock and did not know what they should do.

The men were hit by a double decker bus at 2.20pm and the road was closed while emergency services attended the scene.

Sean Rhoads commented: “I was on that bus when it happened. I was on the upper deck when it happened so I didn’t really see anything jus heard the commotion.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family who have lost their loved ones and people who where affected by the sad event. R.I.P.”

One tribute left at the scene of the accident by someone named Anne was titled “In loving memory of my dear uncle”, and read: “I’m so sorry. Love you both always.”

Another read: “My lovely uncles, we will miss you both, forever in our hearts, love Sinead and Laura.”

The bus driver of the 252 was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been bailed until January.

Donna Clarke said: “I was in the car park, came out and police everywhere. It’s terrible right near Christmas - their poor families.”

Police believe there were a large number of witnesses at the scene, including those on the bus involved and another one that was passing at the time of the incident – understood to have been a 103.

Anyone who saw the incident should call the investigation unit on 020 8842 1817, or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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