Tributes paid to academic who died after double-decker bus crashed into railway bridge in Swansea

Jessica Jing Ren died after suffering injuries when a double-decker bus crashed into a railway bridge in Swansea earlier this month (Pictures: Wales News Service)

An academic who died after she was injured when a double-decker bus crashed into a railway bridge has been described as a “loving wife” and “devoted mother”.

Jessica Jing Ren, 36, was a passenger on the bus when it was involved in the crash on Neath Road in Swansea on 12 December.

She was one of eight people injured in the incident, which also left American Olympic gold medallist Kevin Young with a head wound and two broken ribs.

Jessica Jing Ren, 36, was a passenger on the double-decker bus. (Wales News Service)
The crash left eight people injured. (Wales News Service)

In a statement issued through South Wales Police on Monday announcing her death, Jessica’s family said: “It is with the saddest regret that the family of Jessica Jing Ren have announced the passing of Jessica at the age of 36 years, following the tragic traffic incident on the 12th December in Swansea.

“Jessica was the loving wife of Wenquang Wang, a devoted mother to five year old Yushu Wang and the cherished daughter of Mingqi Ren.”


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They said the 36-year-old was a visiting academic who had joined the accounting and finance department in the School of Management in Swansea University in July 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,” the statement added.

Investigations are continuing into the crash. (Wales News Service)
A 63-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has been released under investigation. (Wales News Service)

A 63-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released under investigation.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage to come forward.