A 36-YEAR-OLD mum has died eleven days after a bus roof was “sliced off” in a horror bridge crash.
Academic Jessica Jing Ren, 36, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after the smash in Swansea, Wales, on December 12.
South Wales Police confirmed her death today.
Seven other passengers were injured on the X10 service bus when the top deck was crumpled – with a section of the roof being thrown onto the rail line above the bridge.
‘A GREAT VOID’
Jessica’s heartbroken family has now paid tribute to the “loved and talented academic”.
They said: “Jessica was the loving wife of Wenquang Wang, a devoted mother to five-year-old Yushu Wang and the cherished Daughter of Mingqi Ren.
“Jessica had been a visiting academic who had joined the Accounting and Finance department in the School of Management in Swansea University in July this year, from Huanghuai University in China.
“A much loved and talented academic, Jessica will be deeply missed by her family and her friends both in China and in Swansea and will leave a great void in their lives.”
A 63-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.
Tom Evans, who works near to the scene of the crash, said it looked like “a tin opener had taken the top of the bus off”.
He believed the bus driver had misjudged the height of a railway bridge – and driven straight under it.
The First Cymru bus had been diverted from its normal five-mile route between two university campuses by roadworks.
At the time of the crash, Andrew Sherrington, Managing Director at First Cymru said: “Everyone at First Cymru is shocked by this incident and our heartfelt sympathies go out to those injured.
“The service was off its normal route due to a temporary road closure.”
South Wales police are appealing for information.