Investigation launched into fatal accident

The fatal crash happened at the bus station in Bedford
The fatal crash happened at the bus station in Bedford

An investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive after a woman was killed when she was hit by a lorry at Bedford’s bus station last Friday morning.

It has since emerged that the vehicle involved was delivering materials to the bus station as part of ongoing improvement works there.

Following the opening and adjournment of an inquest into the tragedy, the victim has been named as 53-year-old Nicola Berridge, of Potton Road, Biggleswade.

The exact cause of her death is still under investigation and a full inquest hearing is due to be held on October 8.

A spokesman for Bedford Borough Council, which is in charge of improvement works at the bus station, said: “The news that there has been a tragic death following a traffic collision in Greenhill Street has been received with huge sadness across the council.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those involved in the incident.”

A HSE spokesman confirmed that an investigation is currently being carried out alongside Bedfordshire Police.

No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses.

PC Martin Longley said: “The collision occurred shortly after a bus had arrived at the depot so it is likely people would have witnessed the incident.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have any information to assist us in this case.”

PC Longley can be contacted via on the non-emergency number 101 or by texting 07786 200011.

The bus station in Bedford is being revamped as part of works costing £8.8 million to improve the town centre gateway.