Bus death woman ‘was looking forward to granddaughter’s wedding’

May Porter. Picture: Police Scotland
May Porter. Picture: Police Scotland

The grieving family of a great-grandmother have been left heartbroken after she was killed when the bus she was travelling on had to brake sharply to avoid a car.

May Porter, 86, died from her injuries in hospital on Saturday after falling while on the bus in Stenhouse Road last Friday lunchtime.

It emerged that May’s husband Bob, also 86, was hurt on the bus and is still being treated in hospital.

The couple were looking forward to their granddaughter’s wedding and the birth of another great-grandchild.

“May was a much-loved wife, mother, nana and great-nana to all the family and it breaks our hearts to have lost her in such awful circumstances,” read a family statement issued by police.

“We will lovingly remember her for the joy and happiness that she brought to everyone on a daily basis.”

She fell when the number 35 bus travelling towards the city centre was forced into an emergency stop opposite HMP Edinburgh at around 1.15pm. Police are now keen to trace the driver of a white Audi Q3 or Q5 which pulled out in front of the bus.

“May was looking forward to several important upcoming family events, including her granddaughter’s wedding and the birth of her newest great-grandchild,” continued the family statement.

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“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the NHS staff of the ERI’s Acute Medical Unit who supported May and the family during her short time in the hospital and also the police for the hard work and support they have given over the past few days.

“We ask that our privacy is respected whilst we grieve and continue to provide support to May’s devoted husband Bob who was also injured in the accident and is still currently in hospital.”

Paramedics in two ambulances were dispatched to treat the couple and a woman in her 30s who was also injured. All three were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. A spokesman for Lothian Buses said: “We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the family and friends affected by this tragic incident.

“We are working closely with Police Scotland to assist in their investigation and would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”

Witnesses can contact Edinburgh Road Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident number 1598 of June 9.

Sergeant Fraser Wood said: “We would like to trace the driver of the car and any witnesses to the incident on Friday.”