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Lollipop lady killed by bus in Ayr 'had heart of gold'

Audrey Williams
Image caption Mrs Williams died in Ayr Hospital

The family of a lollipop lady who died after being hit by a bus in South Ayrshire have described her as "a much loved lady with a heart of gold".

Audrey Williams, 79, from Coylton, Ayr, died in hospital after being struck by a single decker bus in the town's Hillfoot Road on Thursday morning.

In a statement, her family said "she was always happiest in the company of children" and would be "sorely missed".

No one else was injured in the crash which is being investigated by police.

The statement from Mrs Williams family said: "Audrey was a much loved lady with a heart of gold. She thoroughly enjoyed her job as a lollipop lady - she was always happiest in the company of children.

"She played Cello for many enjoyable years in the Ayr and Prestwick, Strathspey and Reel Society and was often to be seen walking her dog through the local countryside.

'Sad loss'

"She will be sorely missed. We, as a family, request that our privacy is respected at this sad time as we come to terms with our sad loss."

The schools crossing patrol officer was hit by the bus at 0855 GMT on Thursday as she returned from helping children to the other side.

She was treated for a serious head injury in Ayr Hospital but later died.

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

Image caption Mrs Williams was hit by the bus in Hillfoot Road, Ayr

Speaking on Thursday night Sheena Templeton, head teacher of Forehill Primary, where the pupils on foot were headed, said: "I'm very saddened to hear our lovely lollipop lady Audrey has died.

"This is devastating news for the school community and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

"We will bring our older pupils together in the morning to let them know what has happened and to give them the opportunity to remember Audrey fondly."

Ms Templeton said younger classes at the school would be informed individually.

She added: "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."

Mrs Williams had been a school crossing patroller for about 10 years.

'Extremely upset'

Strathclyde Police said no arrests had been made in connection with the incident and appealed for information.

Sgt Stevie White said officers were 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," he said.

"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.

"We have been speaking to a number of people who witnessed the accident, but we believe there may be others who left the area prior to police arrival."

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

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