University of Sussex Students' Newspaper

Bus knocks down student on campus

The Badger

ByThe Badger

Jan 19, 2011

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A student from the University of Sussex was critically injured after being hit by a bus on campus.

The teenager, 18 years old and male, sustained head injuries after the collision in the early hours of Saturday 11 December 2010.

The bus, 25, from the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company is believed to have been making its way out of Falmer campus when the boy stepped out onto the road.

The incident occurred on Refectory Road after the bus had let passengers get off. The South East Coast Ambulance Service and Sussex Police were contacted and were at the scene at 12.10am on Saturday.

The police contacted the victim’s family soon after the incident. The teenager was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. He was then sent to the specialist brain injuries unit in Hurstwood Park Neurological Unit in Haywards Heath.

Managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company, Roger French stated that the company was working with police to assist in their operation and CCTV footage was made available for officers.

French, commented that he, along with drivers and staff at the bus company, were “terribly shocked”. The university reassured students that the accident was “unusual, as campus roads are generally very safe.

“As Friday 10 December was the last day of term, most of our students resident on campus had already left campus for the Christmas break.”

The university added that they “are in close touch with the student and his family to support him during his recovery and ensure that he can return successfully to studying as and when he is able to do so.”

Sussex Police are seeking more information and “would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and particularly to anyone who was on the bus.”

Any witness with information should contact the police via telephone, 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Braunton.

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