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London Crowd LIFTS 12 Tonne Double Decker Bus Off Injured Unicyclist

29/05/2015 12:18 BST | Updated 29/05/2015 17:59 BST

The astonishing moment a crowd of people lifted a 12-tonne double decker bus off a trapped unicyclist has been captured on film.

A man was knocked off his unicycle in Hoe Street, Walthamstow at around 5.50pm on Thursday.

Witness Kyra Sam saw the incident unfold. She told the Evening Standard: “I’m really amazed at the strength of Walthamstow – no one hesitated to push the bus off, I was in shock.

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People rushed to the unicyclist's aid after the collision in Walthamstow on Thursday

“Everyone came together to help – it was really nice to see that in the face of something awful.”

Bushra Khalid told Local London: "We heard the poor man scream 'Oh shit' as his legs were crushed underneath the wheel, his dreadlocks were trapped too and his face was of agony.

"Everyone was screaming and we were crying. The skin had been taken off his legs and you could see bone."

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The man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital

The man was taken to an East London hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A spokesman for the Met Police says no arrests have been made. He added: "The bus - a route 212 - stopped at the scene."

Two female cyclists were killed on the roads on Thursday. One was named on Friday as Esther Hartsilver, 32.

She died in hospital on Thursday afternoon after being involved in an accident with a lorry in a lorry in Denmark Hill in south east London earlier in the morning rush-hour.

Police said the male driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

Ms Hartsilver's death was the sixth cyclist fatality in London so far this year, with all the incidents involving lorries.

The other women who died on Thursday was in a collision at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, on the fringes of London.

The woman, in her 50s, was involved in an incident with a van, a car and a tanker at around 6.40am.

She was pronounced dead at the scene while the male driver of the van was taken to hospital.

Surrey Police, who are appealing for witnesses to come forward, said a man aged 34, from Walton-on-Thames, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

The previous, fifth, fatal incident involving cyclists in London involved renowned designer Moira Gemmill, 55, who was overseeing renovations at Windsor Castle, and who was killed in an accident near Lambeth Bridge.

In February, French-born mother-of-two Claire Hitier-Abadie, 36, died in an accident with a Crossrail lorry as she rode a cycle-hire "Boris bike" through Victoria in central London.