Heroic bystanders came to help the dreadlocked victim who is believed to be in his twenties. Together they all managed to lift slightly off the ground the 12-tonne double decker. With the help of close to a hundred people that pushed the bus the man was pulled from under the bus. He was taken to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.
Witnesses from the scene related what they saw: ‘I was holding his jacket and the bus driver moved the bus a bit. He was crying… Then a hundred people were on top of me helping and I was telling the man to come out, but he was too heavy.
‘All of a sudden another man came and pulled him out… I’m really amazed at the strength of Walthamstow – no one hesitated to push the bus off, I was in shock. Everyone really came together to help – it was really nice to see that in the face of something so awful.”