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How the people of Walthamstow freed a cyclist trapped under a bus

Screen grab from YouTube video credited to Zafer Sari for the purposes of reporting public interest event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtxhCFg_4kY

Screen grab from YouTube video credited to Zafer Sari for the purposes of reporting public interest event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtxhCFg_4kY Click to view.

The people of Walthamstow are gaining widespread acclaim for their public spirited action in lifting a bus off a trapped uni-cyclist.

The incident happened during last night’s rush hour in Hoe Street and was filmed and uploaded to YouTube.

People of all ages and backgrounds swarm from the pavements, shops, vehicles to put their shoulders, arms, hands and hips against the huge double decker bus.

Altogether they gently rocked the bus high enough to release the trapped 55 year old cyclist.

The London Ambulance Service said they were called at 5.51pm to reports of a road traffic collision.

Off duty Paramedic Manager Stephen Hines was the first clinician on scene, arriving in five minutes of the call coming into the LAS control room.

Stephen said:

When I got there the patient was already out from under the bus and members of public said they had freed him by lifting the bus. It was definitely a great help to me as it meant I could start treating him straight away.

The patient was treated for serious leg injuries, given pain relief and taken to the Royal London Hospital as a priority.

He is reported to be in a stable but serious condition.

The bus – a route 212 – stopped at the scene.

There have been no arrests.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath on 020 8597 4874

 

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