Demolition rubble hits bus station pavement

Rubble on pavement at Bedford bus station.
Rubble on pavement at Bedford bus station.

Rubble from the Bedford bus station demolition crashed down on to the pavement hitting a female passer-by on Monday.

An eye-witness to the accident, David Smith, said: “At approximately 4.20pm today while waiting for the number 9 bus the last second storey wall came down with a crash, throwing dozens of bricks over the temporary barrier and on to the pavement.

“As I turned round to the sound I witnessed a woman in her 50s get struck on the ankle while running away from the falling rubble.

“The woman was quite shaken by the incident but refused any help by passers- by and continued to make her way home as contractors from the site quickly cleaned up the area and continued their work.” A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “During the demolition of the former Bedford bus station building, a small amount of debris fell on to Thurlow Street.

“No one was hurt. The work is being carried out by contractors and site safety is primarily the responsibility of the contractor.

“However, the council takes this incident extremely seriously and a formal investigation is now under way with the contractor to establish exactly what happened as a matter of urgency.”

> If you are the woman who was struck by the falling rubble please contact us on 01234 409 133.