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Tuesday 20 May 2008 10.44am

Cue for the bus companies to cut down all the trees that grow at the sides of our roads? Grrrr.
Tuesday 20 May 2008 10.39am
A double-decker bus collided with a tree near Tower Bridge in central London today, killing one woman and injuring nine.

The incident happened at 9.23am when a No 188 bus collided with a tree at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Tanner Street. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and nine people were taken to two hospitals in the centre of the capital.

A Metropolitan police spokesman told that officers were trying to establish "whether the bus collided with the tree or the tree fell on to the bus. We're just not sure yet."

Tower Bridge Road, Tanner Street, Druid Street and Jamaica Road have been closed until further notice.

Tuesday 20 May 2008 10.49am
When I read this it makes me ashamed to sit tut tutting over being stuck in the traffic, when somewhere today will be all those tears.
Tuesday 20 May 2008 10.56am
Just back from the scene; story to follow ASAP.

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Tuesday 20 May 2008 10.57am
Perhaps it would be an idea to cut down trees if they're going to cause accidents like this...
Tuesday 20 May 2008 11.05am

More to follow.

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Tuesday 20 May 2008 11.22am
Sky say the woman was a pedestrian not a passenger so the tree may have been hit as a result of the accident not a cause of it?
Tuesday 20 May 2008 12.13pm
In the old days of London Transport as drivers we were assured that over hanging trees would be kept under control on main bus routes, but to still be vigilant and look out for damaged branches. In training we were taught that in the event of being diverted off our route to be mindful of steep cambers, low telegraph wires, shop awnings, low bridges and overhanging trees etc. No longer driving London buses, but I have noticed when I come into the Capital the increasing number of overhanging trees and the addition of these 'crash bars' on the nearside upper portion near the top windscreen. The trees really need to be cut back (not cut down) in order to maintain the safe passage of the buses negotiating the ever busier streets of London whatever the outcome of this awful tragedy.
Tuesday 20 May 2008 12.30pm
This is awful for person killed and people injured but it will be a dreadful shame if all the trees get chopped down because of it.
Tuesday 20 May 2008 12.33pm
Video shot by Charles Fayinka who works for IDM at the corner of Tanner Street:

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