'We were unlucky - but lucky'

She was also uninjured. "There was a big white flash. You felt it was personal to you - it was in your head - as you didn't hear anything. It was just a flash and at one point I thought I was having a brain haemorrhage. It was probably all over in a matter of seconds, but it felt much longer. I just remember saying, 'Oh my God, don't let me die' - over and over again. It was like I was dreaming.... I thought something had hit the bus like a missile."

Tad Grglewiecz CIVIL ENGINEER FROM CRICKLEWOOD, NORTH LONDON,52

Doctors told him his hearing was saved by his iPod earphones. He was treated at the scene by a female doctor from the British Medical Association, whose headquarters were next to the bus blast. "I was bleeding heavily, so without her help it could have been very serious for me. Last night I went into theatre to have my wounds cleaned. There were bits of bus in me. It was a miracle I was not more badly injured considering how close I was to the explosion. The help I received from people was extraordinary."

Tony Cancellera FINANCIAL ANALYST FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 30,

He took the No 30 after his Tube was stopped at Edgware Road. Suffered perforated ear drums head wounds and bruised ribs. Was travelling with his girlfriend, Tania Callabrese.

"We were talking to the two girls in front of us. There were police cars and ambulances everywhere and police tape was going up. We thought maybe there was a fire ... the next thing I remember properly was waking up in the foyer of a building somewhere, Tania was left on the bus and I was blown away. I never saw the girls we were chatting to again.

"I remember thinking that I had to get up, and wondering what was wrong with me. I could hear someone calling to me to get up, but I couldn't. One minute I was on the bus and the next minute I was being dragged into a room. I don't know if I can catch a bus again. I couldn't stand the sight of a bus when we got a taxi back from the hospital. We were unlucky - but lucky."

Tania Callabrese MERCHANT BANKER FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 29

Girlfriend of Tony Cancellera, she was uninjured and plans to return to work today.

"I remember grabbing on to the railing in front of me while the bus was shaking. It felt like a really bad car accident. I thought someone had hit us from behind... As soon as I felt the impact, in front of me.

"I could hear creaking metal and the floor around my seat started falling down ... I just held on to the chair in front of me. The floor started slowly twisting and I ended up not that high off the ground ...

"I just jumped off... There were people lying all over the floor. There were bits of bodies. There were people missing legs, body chunks with clothes on them, people hanging from the top of the bus with bits of clothes hanging off them. They were not alive ... I don't know how long it took to find Tony. It seemed forever but it might have been only two minutes. I was screaming and calling out his name."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher A specialist primary school i...

Recruitment Genius: Online Media Sales Trainee

£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...

Recruitment Genius: Public House Manager / Management Couples

£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...

Recruitment Genius: Production Planner

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links