Op-Ed: Positive people power got to work Thursday and although the victim of a RTA is fighting for his life he is alive.
A unicyclist was trapped under a London bus following an accident around 6pm Thursday. He was knocked under the bus during the rush-hour in Walthamstow.
People ran to help, leaving restaurants and their journey home, and the large group, estimated at 100 people, managed to move the bus and free the injured unicyclist.
One spectator who came on the scene after the tragedy had begun said she heard screams and was amazed to see the group of people pushing, or rather lifting, the weighty double-decker bus off the man.
The victim remains fighting for his life in an East London hospital Friday.
The Evening Standard reports "Sami Ullah, owner of Directors Cut café, which is opposite the crash scene, said he was "amazed" that the group were able to lift the bus. Describing the moments after the accident, he said: "I was standing at the till and heard a loud noise. It was a big bang – we thought it was a shotgun or something."
Sami witnessed people running to help from cafes in the area and other buses. As one they managed to inch the bus enough to free the victim who was described as "in a proper mess".
Not many cyclists involved in a crash with a double-decker bus live to tell the tale.
In the heat of the moment people power turned to group strength and saved the day.
Police were quickly on the scene and took over.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "Police were called at 5.50pm to a bus in collision with a unicyclist in Hoe Street, E17. "The male unicyclist was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital where his condition is believed to be serious. "The bus - a route 212 - stopped at the scene. There has been no arrest. Roads closures are in place." Evening Standard Sky News Mail Online