Woman spent three days in hospital after fall at Ilkeston bus shelter

The bus stop on Bath Street, Ilkeston, through which, Norma Charlton fell.

The bus stop on Bath Street, Ilkeston, through which, Norma Charlton fell.

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A woman who spent three days in hospital after falling at a town centre bus shelter claims it is a danger to the public.

Norma Charlton, 62, of Beatty Walk, fell backwards and hit her head at the shelter on Bath Street on April 9 while about to get on a bus.

Norma Charlton who spent three days in hospital following a fall through a broken bus stop panel.

Norma Charlton who spent three days in hospital following a fall through a broken bus stop panel.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to hospital where she spent three days recovering.

Ms Charlton said the incident would never have happened if there had been perspex in the bottom of the shelter, and is calling on the council to replace the missing panel.

She said: “I was getting on the bus and fell backwards. Because there’s no perspex at the bottom I cracked the back of my head and spent three nights in hospital. I had passed out and a chap brought a chair out for me. When the ambulance came they put me in a neck brace and strapped me to a board.”

The incident saw her have a CT scan and a X-ray on her chest.

Since the incident, which has left her shaken and not wanting to go out, she has already had to warn one elderly lady not to lean back on the shelter.

Dave Bramwell, head of green space and street scene, said: “The council has been made aware of this incident and is currently investigating the matter. Naturally the council is concerned for Ms Charlton’s welfare and wishes her a speedy recovery.

“It would appear that the bus shelter was damaged in an act of vandalism. We share the anger of residents at those people who recklessly damage property and we would appeal to anyone who sees someone causing vandalism to always get in touch with the police.

“We will be repairing the bus shelter as soon as possible.”