Bus tragedy victim named

IPSWICH: A family was in mourning today after the death of a 25-year-old who was crushed under a bus in Duke Street.

Police have named the victim as Alan Harding after his lost his fight for life at Ipswich Hospital over the weekend.

He is believed to have been a construction worker on one of the major Waterfront developments.

Mr Harding, of Cobwells Close in Fleckney, Leicestershire, suffered serious head injuries after he was in collison with the Ipswich Buses vehicle as he crossed the road on Thursday.

Known to friends and family as Boy, Mr Harding was rushed to Ipswich Hospital for emergency care but died on Saturday.

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Police have again appealed for witnesses to come forward as they try to establish how Mr Harding ended up under the bus.

The bus is currently being investigated by the police officers. That probe is likely to be intesified now that it has become a fatal accident.

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Ipswich Buses managing director Malcolm Robson said the bus driver had been taken home after the incident and was later visited by staff to see how he was coming to terms with the crash.

Mr Robson said the bus involved was one of the newest in the fleet and had been maintained to the highest mechanical standards.

He understood it was not badly damaged except that it would need a new front window – but it would not be possible to do a full assessment until it was returned to the company at the end of the police investigation.

Mr Harding’s family in Leicestershire did not want to talk about the tragedy yesterday.

Anyone with information about this incident has been asked to call Pc Andy Fossey of Suffolk Constabulary’s serious collision investigation team on 01473 613500.

n Did you know Mr Harding? Do you want to pay tribute to him? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or you can e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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