A JOB hunter had a lucky escape after a runaway bus ploughed into his bike.
It is believed the driver lost control of the Stagecoach bus, before it crashed into the JobCentre in Sunderland city centre yesterday afternoon.
Bus bosses have said they will conduct a “thorough investigation” to determine the cause of the crash.
Seamus Dempsey was at a meeting in the JobCentre when the bus hit railings outside, damaging his black touring bike.
The 57-year-old, who is originally from Dublin, said: “It sounded like a load of furniture falling overhead.
“Then I went out to find my bike. I thought it was a write-off, but it looks like it’s just bust the saddle and the back wheel is wobbling a bit.
“It’s lucky no-one was injured.”
Mr Dempsey, of Toward Road, who moved to Sunderland in 2008 to study art, believes the bus driver was taken ill.
He added: “When I saw him, he was down on the wheel and I thought for something like this to happen, he must have passed out.
“Luckily enough, I was inside, as I had a meeting.
“I’m glad I wasn’t outside at time, as I’ve been up and down here since 9am this morning.”
The number three bus, which runs from Farringdon via Plains Farm, was left with damage to its front bumper following the smash.
Paramedics and police were called to the scene and the north end of John Street was closed for nearly an hour.
The bus driver was taken by ambulance to Sunderland Royal Hospital, but he is not thought to have suffered any injuries.
There were a number of passengers on the bus at the time, but none of them needed hospital treatment.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 2.20pm, a bus crashed into a building in John Street.
“Officers attended and a section of John Street was closed and re-opened at 3.15pm.
“The driver was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for a check-over.”
The JobCentre remained open during the incident.