A bus driver has told of his terror after a car crashed into the front of his cab just inches from where he and his young daughter were sat.
Firefighters who rushed to the scene said Tony Allary was “lucky to be alive” after the horror smash on the road outside Houghwood Golf Club, in Crank Road, Billinge.
The 45-year-old had just dropped pupils off at Rainhill High School when a red Toyota Picnic lost control and smashed into the driver’s side of the windscreen at 9am on Tuesday.
Miraculously, despite being directly behind the impact of the crash, he escaped with minor injuries and his four-year-old daughter, Roxanna, who was sat behind him, was unhurt but badly shaken.
Both were taken to Wigan Infirmary as a precaution.
The force of the smash caused the Toyota to overturn, but the driver, who was in his 20s, was also uninjured.
Tony, a single parent, of Billinge, said: “I was on my way to take my daughter to nursery and was driving along Crank Road.
“I came to a bend and slowed down, but as I drove round the corner, a car came around.
“He put his brake on and tried to get back onto his side of the road. He swerved and bounced off a tree and the car turned on its side mid air, and then hit me at the same time.
“I thought I was a goner – I am lucky to be alive.”
Crew commander Simon Connor, of Wigan Fire Service, said: “The driver of the car managed to crawl out and the bus driver and his daughter managed to get out.
“Both drivers were very lucky – I do not know how the bus driver managed to walk away from that.”
Mark Rimmer, owner of Red Kite Travel, based in St Helens, said: “Thankfully the bus was empty and out of service at the time.
“The vehicle is a right mess, but is fixable. Tony was severely shaken up, but I am glad everyone is okay.”