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Police appeal for witnesses after death of woman who ‘lay under coach wheels at traffic lights’

Coach company: 'We are deeply saddened that someone has lost their life, but the company is not at fault for this incident'

04 December, 2016 — By William McLennan

The scene of the tragedy in King’s Cross

POLICE are investigating claims that an Upper Holloway woman killed by a coach lay down under the vehicle’s wheels while it was stationary at traffic lights in King’s Cross.

Christine Luscombe, 58, died at the scene, next to the British Library in Midland Road, at around 4.20pm on Tuesday.

The first officers to arrive were responding to reports of a “female pedestrian in collision with a coach”, Scotland Yard said. But it is understood witnesses told police they saw the victim crawl under the rear wheels of the vehicle moments before it pulled away.

The Tribune has learned that Ms Luscombe, who lived with her husband in Whewell Road, was reported missing just minutes before she died.

The driver of the coach stopped at the scene. Police confirmed that no other vehicles were involved – quashing earlier rumours that a car had turned into oncoming traffic and caused a collision. No arrests have been made.

Ms Luscombe’s family declined to speak to the Tribune yesterday (Thursday).

Midland Road was closed until 9pm on Tuesday while detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit examined the vehicle. Officers could be seen inspecting the rear wheels of the coach.

A spokesman for Marshalls Coaches said there were no passengers on board at the time.

“It is horrific that it happened,” he added. “We are deeply saddened that someone has lost their life, but the company is not at fault for this incident. We are saddened by it all. Sad for family and that the driver has been put into this situation.

“There was nothing we could do to prevent it, which the police have confirmed.”

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at St Pancras Mortuary today (Friday).

The Met launched a witness appeal yesterday. A spokeswoman said: “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and ask anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to it, to contact them on 020 8991 9555.”

For confidential support, call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see samaritans.org for details.

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