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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 20:08 GMT 21:08 UK
Bus driver vows to return to work
Wreckage of bus
Mr Psaradakis was driving the bus when the bomb went off
The driver of the bus blown apart in the London bomb attacks has vowed to continue working.

In a statement, George Psaradakis, 49, said he was "just relieved to be here" and that he was still in great shock.

He said that "many terrible things" were coming back to him about what he saw after the explosion on his number 30 bus in Tavistock Square.

Mr Psaradakis described the scene as "carnage" as he tried to help victims of the explosion.

However, Mr Psaradakis insisted: "We are not going to be intimidated.

"Myself and the other drivers in London have an important job and we are going to continue to do that as best we can.

Suddenly there was a bang, then carnage - everything seemed to happen behind me
Mr Psaradakis

"We are going to continue our normal lives."

At least 13 people died when the explosion ripped the roof off the vehicle which was travelling from Hackney Wick to Marble Arch at 0947 BST.

The bus had been diverted due to the disruption at King's Cross.

Mr Psaradakis, who is based at Stratford depot in east London, said: "There were many people who were trying to get on the bus at once.

"Suddenly there was a bang, then carnage. Everything seemed to happen behind me.

"I tried to help the poor people, there were many injured people and at first I thought, 'how am I alive when everyone is dying around me'."

Barry Arnold, managing director for London Stagecoach, said: "It says a lot about our driver that in such terrible circumstances his first thoughts were to help others.

"Our drivers are true professionals and have done a superb job since the terrible events of yesterday."





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