PASENGERS have told of their shock after their bus was involved in a collision with a pedestrian.
As reported in the Echo, a man was hit by the E6 Stagecoach bus on North Bridge Street.
The 20-year-old was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with head injuries.
The bus was left with a smashed front windscreen and its bumper falling off.
Stanley and Lyn Overend, of Cuthbertson Court, Seaburn, were both on the bus – which was left with a smashed front windscreen and bumper hanging off.
“It was such a shock when the bus hit the man,” said Mrs Overend, who fell over when the impact happened.
“We were all shaking because of what had happened,
“After the crash I didn’t really know where I was for a bit.”
The 83-year-old said she fell over and dropped her handbag when the impact happened, but was helped up by a fellow passenger who also handed her bag back.
“This woman was so kind,” said Mrs Overend.
“She showed a bit of the spirit of the Blitz, as I like to say, in what she did.”
Mr Overend, 87, added: “She was lovely to both of us.
“My wife’s bag had a lot of money in, and in this day and age you expect that someone might take it if they could.”
“We didn’t get her name but she was a Sunderland lady, I’m fairly sure.
“The driver of the bus was fantastic too.”
Mr and Mrs Overend, who have been married for 63 years, and moved to Sunderland from Halifax, West Yorkshire, 20 years ago, also praised the police and paramedics for their assistance.
The couple now want to trace the good Samaritan to pass on their gratitude in person.
The crash happened shortly before 11am last Tuesday. The injured man is in a stable condition at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
* Are you the kind passenger, or do you know her? Call David Allison on 501 7137.