Members of the public rushed to the scene of a crash and tried to rescue a woman who was run over by a bus, a witness recalled.

The woman who was hit by a bus in Market Street on Monday just before 6.20pm died at the scene.

A man, who works nearby and did not want to be named, said he heard someone shout “someone has been hit by a bus” and then saw people running towards the single-decker bus when they realised a woman had become caught beneath it.

Several people tried to lift the bus and called for the driver “to move” the vehicle, he recalled. They were eventually able to pull the woman out from underneath the bus.

Emergency services later arrived and police cordoned off the area between the High Street and the ring road.

Watford Observer:

Police vehicles and ambulances at the junction of Market Street and the ring road on Monday evening. Credit: Red Eagle Buses

At around 9pm, Hertfordshire Constabulary released an official statement confirming that a woman had been hit by a bus and died.

Yesterday, flowers and messages were seen on a fence at the end of Market Street, near the scene of the fatal crash.

Watford Observer:

Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision and continue to appeal for witnesses to get in touch.

Police said on Monday evening: “Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a fatal collision in Watford this evening (February 10).

"Officers were called to Market Street just before 6.20pm to reports of a collision involving a bus and a pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered injuries which proved fatal.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have any dashcam footage which would assist the investigation is asked to contact police.

Report information online at, speak to police via online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101. Quote the reference ‘Op Triton’.