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Bus driver ‘misled the gas pedal on the brake’ before crushing a woman


Bus driver ‘missed gas pedal on brake’ before crushing pedestrian, 32, to death against another double decker at Victoria Station

  • Melissa Burr, 32, is believed to have been traveling between two electric buses
  • It is said that one of them shot forward and hit the back of another
  • Miss Burr pronounced her dead at the scene outside Victoria Station in London
  • Fault investigation could lead to major safety review of DC’s electric buses










Today it was said that a bus driver was experiencing “pedal confusion” when he depressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, causing a fatal accident in London.

Melissa Burr, 32, of Raynham, Kent, is believed to have been traveling between two electric buses when one of them rolled forward and collided with the rear of the other.

The accident outside Victoria Station in London involved two bungalows in the morning rush hour on 10 August, and Miss Burr was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Transport for London Safety Commission has heard the cause is “alleged pedal confusion”, and it could lead to a major safety review of electric buses.

It included two buses on Route 507, which were the first two fully electric buses in central London along with the 521 when Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced them in 2016.

Melissa Burr, 32, of Raynham, Kent, was killed outside Victoria Railway Station on Tuesday.

Miss Burr, from Raynham, has been in a relationship with James Watson since May 2018

Miss Burr, from Raynham, has been in a relationship with James Watson since May 2018

Miss Burr was pronounced dead at the scene outside London Victoria in August

Miss Burr was pronounced dead at the scene outside London Victoria in August

Louise Cheesman, director of buses at Transport for London, told the committee: “Pedal confusion was just one component – alleged pedal confusion. There were other human factors involved in this. We are taking a look and verifying the actual layout of the bus station.”

“We are conducting a thorough investigation to see if there are any improvements that could be made that could be made in the future.”

Ms Chaesman later told the Evening Standard that TfL was conducting an investigation with bus operator Go Ahead, as well as assisting the Health and Safety Executive.

Witnesses said Miss Burr became trapped under one of the buses, and police said a total of three pedestrians were involved in the accident at around 8.25am.

Metropolitan Police officers at the scene outside London Victoria in August

Metropolitan Police officers at the scene outside London Victoria in August

The area outside Victoria Station was cordoned off for investigations after the accident in August

The area outside Victoria Station was cordoned off for investigations after the accident in August

Miss Burr was pronounced dead at the scene, and two other people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In a tribute to Miss Burr after her death in August, her family described her as a “good and thoughtful spirit” with “a strange charm”.

In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, a spokesperson for Ms Burr’s family said: ‘We are absolutely devastated by the loss and the gap this incident has left in our lives.

Melissa was a kind and thoughtful soul, with a strange charm and a bright future ahead of her.

The scene outside London Victoria train station after the fatal accident on August 10

The scene outside London Victoria train station after the fatal accident on August 10

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

Big Issue seller Jacob Davidson, 36, described how passers-by “crowded” into the scene after the crash to try to help.

He said: ‘It was a loud bang, the bus hit the back of the bus ahead. The front of everything was smashed. There was a sound of panic…People shouting “Can we get help”.

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