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Tribute to Manchester bus death grandmother

Louie Palmer
Image caption The grandmother had just returned from holiday

A grandmother who died when she fell over on a bus which braked to avoid a cyclist has been described as a "quiet, caring person".

Louie Palmer, 78, suffered a serious neck injury when the sudden movement on the double-decker in Manchester city centre led to her fall.

Police want to trace a cyclist in connection with the incident at about 1015 BST on Friday in Oxford Road.

Officers said the cyclist appeared to pull out in front of the bus.

Mrs Palmer, who was on her way to a swimming session with a friend, died shortly after the incident, at the junction of Dover Street.

Medical student

In a statement, the family of the pensioner, from Northern Moor, said: "Louie leaves three sons, three grandchildren and a very loving family.

"She will be very sadly missed by many friends and family locally and around the world.

Image caption Police are keen to speak to the cyclist to get their version of events

"On the day of the tragedy Louie was on the way to one of her twice weekly swims in the Aquatic Centre with her friend Mary.

"Louie was a quiet, caring person who enjoyed an active life for a 78-year-old lady and had just returned from a holiday in Malta."

The family also thanked everyone on the bus, including a medical student who gave first aid before she was taken to hospital.

Police said the driver of the bus had to slam on the brakes when the cyclist appeared to pull out in front of the vehicle.

A 60-year-old woman also suffered a broken arm in the incident.

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