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Driver of bus torn apart by 7/7 bomb relives the horror of the attack

One of the enduring images of the 7/7 attacks is that of a red London double-decker bus, split open with its twisted metal lying across the streets of Tavistock Square in central London.

Tavistock Square, central London after the terror attack of July 7 2005 Credit: PA

It was 9.47am when 18-year-old Hasib Hussain, the youngest of the four bombers, detonated a bomb on the top deck of the number 30 bus. 13 people died, many more were injured.

10 years on, George Psaradakis who was driving the bus, has given his first interview, recalling the horror of that day.

Tavistock Square, central London after the terror attack of July 7 2005 Credit: PA

Everywhere I looked, people in very awkward positions I tried to help.

There was a young man drenched in blood, panicking. So I ran and helped him to put him in a better position. He asked me how he looked - I said 'you look fine'. Obviously he didn't. I do not know if he is still alive or not.

I then felt somebody grabbing my arm. I looked up, it was a police officer and she was pulling me - they were probably expecting more explosions.

I followed her and she ushered me into the building opposite the bus.

– George Psaradakis

George Psaradakis said no matter where he looked, everyone around him was doing the best they could to help amid a scene of utter chaos and confusion.

Today, shortly before the national minute's silence at 11.30am a small crowd gathered around the flowers at Tavistock Square.

Then, as a nearby clock tower chimed for 11.30am, people fell silent.

George Psaradakis (centre) at today's memorial in Tavistock Square Credit: PA

Behind them traffic stopped and further up the road a red double decker bus came to a gentle standstill.

After the minute passed tearful friends and relatives added to the growing swathe of flowers. Among the bouquets was one left for Shyanuja Niroshini Parathasangary, from her parents. An attached poem read:

Heaven made an angel then sent you from above, just to be our daughter and fill our world with love. All the joy we ever needed was captured in your smile, you filled our world with sunshine if only for a while.

Although we never thought there'd be a time we'd have to part, when heaven took our angel back they left two broken hearts.

– Poem for

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