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Lollipop patrol lady, 79, killed by bus in Ayrshire

Audrey Williams
Image caption Mrs Williams died in Ayr Hospital

A 79-year-old lollipop lady has died in hospital after being struck by a single decker bus in Ayr, South Ayrshire.

Audrey Williams, from Coylton, Ayr, was hit by the bus in Hillfoot Road at 0855 GMT on Thursday as she returned from helping children to the other side.

The schools crossing patrol officer was treated for a serious head injury in Ayr Hospital but later died.

No children were on the road at the time and the 55-year-old bus driver was not injured.

Police said they had established that Ms Williams had crossed from the east to west footpath on Hillfoot Road with the children at the time of the incident.

As she turned to cross back to the east footpath she was struck by the bus.

Sgt Stevie White, from Strathclyde Police, said: "Road policing officers have been carrying out a detailed examination at the scene all morning, and at this time we are still working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the accident.

"We know that the children were being helped across Hillfoot Road to get to Forehill Primary which is in nearby Caledonia Road, and thankfully no children were on the road at the time.

"The bus was taking approximately 30 children to nearby Queen Margaret Academy, and none of these children were injured either, albeit all are extremely upset."

Sgt White appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash but had not spoken to police to get in touch.

Sheena Templeton, head teacher of Forehill Primary, said: "I'm very saddened to hear our lovely lollipop lady Audrey has died this evening. This is devastating news for the school community and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

'Tragic news'

"Support will be available as required to anyone affected by today's events and once this tragic news has had time to sink in, we can consider as a school how we can best remember our lollipop lady."

South Ayrhsire Council said support services had also been made available to pupils and staff at Queen Margaret Academy affected by the incident.

It is thought that Ms Williams had been a school crossing patroller for at least 10 years.

She was described by her family as a very active lady in the local community.

A report on the incident will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

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