London: Victoria bus crash victim named as Melissa Burr, 32

Melissa Burr, 32, from Rainham in Kent was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: PA / Met Police)

A pedestrian killed in horror crash involving two buses outside Victoria station has been named.

Melissa Burr, 32, from Rainham in Kent was pronounced dead at the scene during the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

Her family said they were ‘devastated’ by the loss and described Melissa as a ‘kind and thoughtful soul’ with a ‘quirky charm.’

They said she would now be laid to rest alongside her late father.

The crash happened at around 8.25am at the bus terminus outside the busy central London station.

Pictures showed the front of one of the single decker buses completely smashed in after it went into the back of the second bus.

Witnesses who were at the station at the time described hearing a large bang and a woman scream, while others said they saw somebody trapped under one of the buses.

Paramedics fought to save Melissa’s life with emergency first aid but she was pronounced dead at 9am.

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Melissa Burr was 32 years old (Picture: Met Police)

Her next of kin were informed and are being supported by specially trained officers, the Met said.

Two other pedestrians were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A spokesperson for Melissa’s family said: ‘We are absolutely devastated by loss and the hole that this incident has left in our lives. Melissa was a kind and thoughtful soul, had a quirky charm with such a bright future ahead of her.

‘As a family we naturally want to understand how such a tragedy occurred, but for now we just want time and space to mourn our beautiful Melissa and send her to rest with her late father.’

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The bus was severely damaged in the crash (Picture:

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The bus crash happened during the morning rush hour (Picture: PA)

Big Issue seller Jacob Davidson, 36, described how passers-by ‘swarmed’ the scene following the crash in an attempt to help.

‘It was just a loud bang, the bus smashed into the back of the one in front.

‘The front of it was all smashed in,’ he said.

‘There was a sound of panic… people shouting “can we get help”.’

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The Met has made no arrests and said all parties stopped at the scene.

Detective Constable Chris May of Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘This tragic incident claimed the life of a young woman and our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

‘We are continuing to piece together the circumstances surrounding this collision and I am very keen to hear from any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police. If you have information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.’

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