A 32-year-old London woman told of her intense shame last night as she admitted interacting with total strangers on public transport.
Tracy Dell, a legal secretary from Whitechapel, told newsmen: I was on the number 24 bus from Victoria to Hampstead Heath when, to my horror, I saw that the driver had collapsed at the wheel and that we were heading straight for a shop front in Charing Cross Road.
“I looked across at the people sitting opposite and tried to convey my concern by looking down at my shoes and then glancing up and making awkward eye contact, but to no avail.
“In the end, I felt I had no choice and just yelled out: “Everybody get down. The fucking driver’s keeled over”
“Fortunately, this seemed to do the trick as one or two people looked up from their papers and phones and dived self-consciously to the floor just before we ploughed into the bookshop.
“There was a bit of an awkward silence at this point. Nobody seemed to know what to say. We just lay there, trying not to look at one another.
“Eventually, we all shuffled off the bus and began making our way in silence to the nearest bus stop.
“The look of horror on those people’s faces as I spoke to them uninvited will stay with me to the grave.”
The bus driver was later taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and mild post-traumatic stress caused by a passerby asking him if he was alright.