The bus driver who swerved to avoid the woman allegedly pushed by the Putney Bridge jogger has said he “was just doing his job”.

A spokesperson from Go Ahead London, which employs the driver, told 5 News: “The driver commented that he is pleased to have been a hero, he was just doing his job.

“He is pleased to have been able to react the way he did and that there was no serious injury to the lady.”

On August 8, a video of a male jogger appearing to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus went viral after a police appeal, sparking a national manhunt for the culprit.

Video released: Jogger 'pushes woman into path of bus' on Putney Bridge

In the video, the fast reacting driver manages to narrowly avoid the 33-year-old victim’s head after she falls to the ground.

The jogger, continues on his route without looking back only to be seen on the other side of the road 15 minutes later, still jogging.

The victim said she called out to him but was ignored.

Yesterday morning (August 10), a 41-year-old man from Chelsea was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and was released under investigation in the afternoon.

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Members of the public have hailed the bus driver as a “hero”, while one twitter user said: “The Putney Bridge bus driver who saved that woman’s life deserves the sort of bonus that hedge fund managers get”, calling on the Mayor of London to “make it so”.

Others said he “should be given an award” or “medal”.

The incident happened at 7.41am on May 5, but a police manhunt went underway when the footage was released on August 8.

On Wednesday, August 9, the Met said it had received a “huge response” to its appeal for information.

Officers continue to appeal for any witnesses to the incident.

Anyone with information or any witnesses are asked to call Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8785 8874 or 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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