THE driver of the car involved in the Sunderland bus crash is being hunted by police, it emerged tonight.
Five people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the No 99 Go North East service crashed into a house in Merle Terrace, Pallion, just after 5pm.
It is thought the driver tried to take evasive action after a collision with a car.
The occupant of the house, George Greig, 61, had a lucky escape, and his daughter and grand-daughter had left minutes earlier.
This evening, Northumbria Police confirmed that they are searching for the driver of the car, who left the scene.
They have not confirmed reports that car involved, a black Renault Clio, was stolen.
A force spokesman said: “At 5.09pm this afternoon, Tuesday, May 12, police received a report a bus had crashed into a house on Merle Terrace, in Sunderland.
“The house was damaged as a result of the collision. One person was inside the house at the time.
“He was not injured in the incident and there were no reports of anyone on the bus being seriously injured.
“A small number of passengers were treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene as a precaution.
“It’s believed another vehicle, a Renault Clio, may have also been involved.
“However, the occupants of the vehicle left before police arrived.
“Inquiries are being carried out to trace the driver and a passenger, and officers are keen for them to get in contact to confirm they are okay and do not require medical treatment.”
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101, ext 69191, quoting reference 831 120515.