PUBLISHED: 12:23 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010
FRIENDS and colleagues of an estate agent who was killed in a freak double-decker bus accident have paid tribute to a bubbly and happy girl.
FRIENDS and colleagues of an estate agent who was killed in a freak double-decker bus accident have paid tribute to a "bubbly and happy girl".
Emily Diamond, 23, was killed on Tuesday morning as a number 188 bus ploughed into a tree in Tower Bridge sending branches crashing on to the pavement.
The estate agent, of Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood, was killed instantly, moments after she left her office to do a flat viewing.
Colleagues at Sunlight Projects Ltd where she worked rushed to the scene after hearing the crash.
Bosses at the agents, in Tower Bridge Road, refused to comment on the tragedy but one colleague, Carly Morrish, wrote a tribute to her on the social networking site Facebook.
She wrote: "I tried to find you Em but you weren't there.
"I thought you were going to turn up in the office and wonder what all the fuss was about. You looked so pretty this morning. One minute I was talking to you and the next you were gone.
"What a cruel world . . . you will always be in my heart, such an amazing person and a great friend. I will miss you so much. With love now and always, sleep tight gorgeous girl xxx"
Another tribute from friend Rachel Bowen read: "You are such a beautiful girl - inside and out.
"Always remember you smiling and living for the moment."
Parents of the former Trinity School, Belvedere pupil, Jeanette and Robert and her older brother Robert, 26, were too upset to speak at their home yesterday.
Next door neighbour Michael Budds, 66, said: "She was always a bubbly and happy girl, it's very sad.
"I guess it is just that she was in the wrong place a the wrong time."
Witnesses told how the 188 bus, which runs from North Greenwich to Russell Square, hit the tree at about 9.23am and veered across the road as the branches tore into the top deck.
The 40ft tree was ripped up from the pavement and branches fell away and pinned Miss Diamond to the pavement.
Eighteen passengers were injured in the accident and a pedestrian was hit by smashed glass.
Shocked witness Tom Riley, 32, told reporters: "I saw a woman lying under the tree. She was ashen-faced and I could see blood."
Salah Arif, 32, added: "The bus was swerving all over the road. It looked like the driver was struggling to control it. I could see the panic in his face.
"Eventually he stumbled out of his cab and fainted on the floor. He looked terrible - stumbling and shaking. There were shards of metal and glass everywhere."
Police closed surrounding roads as nine of the injured were treated by paramedics at the scene and nine were taken to hospital.
A police spokesman said: "One woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She is believed to have been a passer-by and not a passenger on the bus. We are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision."
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.