Sunderland bus crash: Grandad tells of family’s lucky escape after bus smashed into his house

LUCKY ESCAPE ... George Greig outside his home in Merle Terrace, Pallion, after a bus crashed through the front window.
LUCKY ESCAPE ... George Greig outside his home in Merle Terrace, Pallion, after a bus crashed through the front window.
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A RELIEVED grandfather told today how his family had a lucky escape when a bus crashed into their Sunderland home.

George Greig, 61, was sitting watching TV in the lounge of his terraced house in Merle Terrace, Pallion, when the No 99 Go North East bus smashed into the front window.

Only 10 minutes earlier Stacey and Mollie had been sat on the sofa in the front window. It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened.

George Greig

Mr Greig, who was alone in the house, was shocked but unhurt. His wife Anne. 59, who is a supervisor at B&Q, was at work.

Their daughter Stacey, 33, and grand-daughter Mollie, seven, who had been visiting, had left just 10 minutes earlier to go to the shops.

Mr Greig said: “I dived onto the sofa and managed to get out of the front door.

“I’m just in shock. It could have been so much worse.

“Only 10 minutes earlier Stacey and Mollie had been sat on the sofa in the front window.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened.

“To be honest, I was more worried about the people on the bus than me, as I could see some had blood on their faces.

“I’m just glad that nobody was seriously hurt.

“I heard a big bang and thought it was a crash outside, and then the bus started coming into view through the window.

“Apparently the house is structurally sound. It will just be a case of boarding it up and waiting for the insuruance company now.”