Piccadilly Gardens bus crash: Family pays tribute after woman, 77, dies as driver is bailed

Almena Amica has been described as "dedicated to her family, friends and faith".
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A woman has died after a bus crashed into a shop in Piccadilly Gardens on Monday. 

Pedestrian Almena Amica, 77, from south Manchester and known as Mena to her family and friends, was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has now passed away. 

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A 64-year-old man has been bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after being arrested at the scene.

Almena's family said in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police: "Mena was dedicated to her family, friends and faith. She loved music, gardening, TV soaps and nature. She was the senior member of our family, the eldest sister and great-great-aunt. She was well-loved, our matriarch, and her presence will be hugely missed.

Almena Amica has died after the bus crash in Piccadilly Gardens Almena Amica has died after the bus crash in Piccadilly Gardens
Almena Amica has died after the bus crash in Piccadilly Gardens

"Mena was a private person and her family asks that this be respected during our time of mourning. We thank all the services and people who came to her aid."

There was a huge emergency services presence in the area after the incident at around 1pm on Monday.  Eleven other people, both pedestrians and bus passengers, were either treated at the scene or in hospital for minor injuries.

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Sergeant Louise Warhurst, from GMP's Serious Injury Collision Unit said: "This was a tragic incident witnessed by a lot of people in a busy area of the city centre.

"The investigation is progressing thanks to many calls with information received from the public.

"Anyone who has not yet spoken to officers but believes they are able to assist with enquiries should call 0161 856 4741 quoting log 1673 of 16/10/2023."

Members of the public can also upload photos and video to the Major Incident Public Portal