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First photo of Darlington bus crash victim released

Elieen Brennan who died in Darlington Credit: Durham Constabulary

The family of Eileen Brennan, 82, who died when a bus crashed into a bank in Darlington town centre have paid tribute to her.

The great-gran was killed when the Arriva bus crashed into the Halifax bank, in Northgate.

In a statement her family said she was a "beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be dearly missed."

"We're deeply saddened by Thursday's events" - Arriva release statement

Arriva have released a further statement following Thursday's (7th July) fatal bus crash in Darlington.

Eighty-two year old Eileen Brennan died after an Arriva bus left the road and crashed into the Halifax Bank on Northgate in the town.

“We’re deeply saddened by Thursday’s events, our immediate thoughts are with the families of those involved.

Whilst an investigation is being carried out it’s too early to speculate and identify any future changes.

Once the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident have been established we can look at what changes, if any, could be made.”

– Nigel Featham, regional managing director


Service to be held following fatal Darlington bus crash

Emergency services at the scene of the bus crash.

A short service is taking place outside the Halifax Bank on Northgate at 11am today following the fatal traffic incident last week. The Reverend Sheilagh Williamson will lead the service.

Eighty-two year old Eileen Brennan from Darlington died after an Arriva bus left the road and crashed into the bank.

The public are invited to attend to pay their respects and show their support for those affected.

Bus driver bailed after Darlington crash

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The driver of a bus involved in a fatal crash in Darlington has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

An elderly lady was killed in Northgate on Thursday morning after an Arriva bus crashed into the Halifax bank in Darlington town centre.

The 52 year-old man from Darlington has been bailed until mid-August pending further investigation.

Two pedestrians were injured. Police say one man received minor injuries and was treated at Darlington Memorial Hospital. He has now been discharged. Another pedestrian, a woman from Darlington, suffered serious injuries and was taken to James Cook Hospital. She is still receiving treatment for her injuries and her condition is described as stable.

Chief Inspector Graham Milne, said:

We would like to reiterate what was said yesterday, our sympathy and thoughts remain with the lady's family and friends and the wider community who witnessed this horrific incident.

"I would personally like to thank the businesses in the area who assisted the emergency services during the incident and the public who have come forward and spoken to us. All of this has helped us greatly piece together the circumstances of this collision."

– Chief Inspector Graham Milne


CCTV footage 'crucial' to bus crash investigation

Police have said that CCTV footage will be crucial to the investigation into the cause of a bus crash in Darlington in which one woman died.

The bus crashed into the Halifax bank on Northgate on Thursday morning. A woman has been confirmed dead and two other people were injured.

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Inspector Graham Milne, from Durham Police, told ITV News the investigation is ongoing.

One death and one arrest following bus crash

Police have confirmed an elderly female pedestrian has died in this morning's bus collision in Northgate, Darlington. Two pedestrians who were injured have been taken to hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The driver of the bus, a 52 year old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

"Obviously this is a tragic incident and I would like to extend my condolences to the deceased's family. I would also ask anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the collision to contact us on 101"

– Chief Inspector Graham Milne

The road closure is still in place from St. Cuthbert's Way roundabout to Crown Street and a pedestrian cordon from M&S to the pedestrian zone at the top of Crown Street. Diversions are in place for some time.

Emergency services are still at the scene.

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