A passenger on the bus which crashed into an office building in Peterborough said a car involved in the collision ‘came out of nowhere’.
The Kia and the No2 Stagecoach bus collided on Broadway, and the single-decker then careered into the Guide Dogs for the Blind offices at about noon on Christmas Eve
A total of 13 people were hurt in the crash, which caused delays and diversions for motorists and last minute Christmas shoppers. Fire and rescue crews had to cut two people out of the crashed car.
The driver of the Kia – a woman in her 50s – her female passenger, four female bus passengers and one male bus passenger were taken to Peterborough City Hospital, although no-one was seriously injured.
Daniel Caruso (21) was on the bus with 23-year-old brother Alexander when the crash happened.
He said: “I had just finished my Christmas shopping, and we were sitting on the back of the bus, when all of a sudden there was a crashing noise and the bus hit the car.
“The car came out of nowhere - there was no warning it was going to happen.
“There was a bit of panic on the bus - there were a few older people on board, and people were screaming to call the police and call the ambulance.
“Everyone was able to get out of the bus by themselves.
“When I saw what happened, it was a real shock. I have never seen anything like that before.
“Then we heard there was a gas leak, so left the area.”
The pair then called their mum, who came to pick them up.
Daniel, who lives in Bristol and was visiting the city for Christmas said: “She wanted to take us to A&E, but we were fine. My brother hit his face in the crash, and I have had a bit of back pain but nothing too bad.”
Now a police investigation has been launched to find out what caused the dramatic collision.
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire police confirmed no one had been arrested in connection with the crash, but enquiries were still ongoing.
Tahir Hussain, manager of IQ Plus located two doors away from the scene told what happened before he and his staff were evacuated from their own office. He said: “We heard a really really loud bang that sounded like a car crash. We went outside and saw that the bus andcar had collided. The bus then mounted the pavement into the side of the building a couple of doors down.
“A few of the passengers came out of the bus with bloody noses and whiplash. Some of them came in and we offered them cups of tea and coffee.
“Then we were evacuated because of a suspected gas leak so we all just left.”
Work is now ongoing to make the building safe.
The office was due to be closed over the Christmas break, and there were three members of staff inside – although no-one was injured.
A Guide Dogs worker posted on the Peterborough Telegraph Facebook page: “unfortunately straight into reception! All staff out of the area at the time, shaken but fine. Very lucky considering the tea making area has been recently relocated to exact spot where the bus hit, and no one working upstairs.”
A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “Our officers were on scene to oversee the removal of the bus and to ensure the building was safe. The building was then boarded up and the area cleared of debris. We would like to praise the work of the emergency services and wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.”