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Bus smashes into building after hitting cab in London

Terrified bystanders ran for their lives as a double-decker bus careered towards them after hitting a black cab in central London. 

The number 8 bus ploughed into the Central St Giles development near Tottenham Court Road station just one week after another crash in the same spot.

Two people were treated for minor injuries following the incident in Earnshaw Street around 4pm on Monday evening. 

The windscreen on the double-decker bus was badly damaged after it crashed into a building

The number 8 bus ploughed into the Central St Giles development near Tottenham Court Road station, after hitting a black cab

The number 8 bus ploughed into the Central St Giles development near Tottenham Court Road station, after hitting a black cab

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash and shocked passers-by stopped to video the scene

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash and shocked passers-by stopped to video the scene

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the crash. 

Shocked passers-by stopped to video the crash as police, fire crews and paramedics raced to the scene.

Police said the bus had collided with a car, thought to a black cab, before hitting the side of a Pod Cafe.

Just eight days ago, a bus driver escaped unscathed after ploughing into the same building. 

The front of the bus – also on the number 8 route – was damaged after smashing into a pillar then hitting the building. 

Police said the bus had collided with a car, thought to a black cab, before hitting the side of a Pod Cafe

Police said the bus had collided with a car, thought to a black cab, before hitting the side of a Pod Cafe

Dozens of people stopped the view the scene, which happened in central London at rush hour

Dozens of people stopped the view the scene, which happened in central London at rush hour

One resident said if the crash had happened two minutes later, he could have been hit by the bus

One resident said if the crash had happened two minutes later, he could have been hit by the bus

Only the driver was on board as the bus was at the start of its route. 

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

He told the Evening 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.’ 

Tony Akers, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: ‘At approximately 15.55pm yesterday a route 8 double deck bus was involved in a collision with two cars, a taxi and building on Earnshaw Street, WC2. A full investigation is underway.’ 

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