Pedestrians run ‘screaming’ as bus ploughs into West End building eight days after almost identical crash

Passers-by ran screaming as a double-decker bus ploughed into a West End building a week after an almost identical crash in the same spot.

The number 8 bus was left with a smashed windscreen and dented chassis after slamming into the Central St Giles development near Tottenham Court Road station.

Two people were treated for minor injuries following the crash on Earnshaw Street just before 4pm on Monday.

Police said the bus had collided with a car – believed to a black cab – before striking the side of a Pod Cafe.

Two people were treated for minor injuries following the crash (Alex Lawson)

A childminder who lives in the apartment block reportedly rushed inside screaming as the bus came hurtling towards the building.

Roberto Siddu, who also lives in the block, said he returned home with his children just two minutes before the crash.

He told the Standard: “I am very lucky because if I had been two minutes later picking my children up from school we could have been there when it happened.

“This is the second incident in two weeks which is a bit scary.”

The aftermath of the crash eight days ago in the same spot (Tim Baros)

The road was closed off while police officers and crews from the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended the scene.

It comes just eight days after another bus on the number 8 route crashed into a pillar on the exact same stretch of pavement.

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The driver escaped unharmed but the front of the bus was left badly crumpled.

Neighbour Tim Baros said: “The collision made a loud bang which sounded like a bomb.”

Another said it was a “miracle” that the driver was not hurt in the crash at about 10.15pm on September 17.

Transport for London pledged a full investigation into the incident with Stagecoach London, who operates the route.

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