A heartbroken couple whose home was destroyed after a bus ploughed through the front wall days before Christmas narrowly missing one of the homeowners, have admitted seven months on that they still do not know when they will be able to return.

Barry and Sylvia Evans, both 68, were at home in Wycombe Road with Mrs Evans putting up their Christmas tree in the living room just minutes before the horror crash, which left five people injured.

Mrs Evans miraculously walked away from the accident uninjured but shaken, and still has flashbacks, according to Mr Evans, who admitted the retired couple do not know when they will be able to move back home, with the demolition work not yet completed.

He said: “It’s a bit crap really. We are living in a nice flat at the moment but is just isn’t home.

“There is still some more of the house that has to be demolished. Once that is done they will start rebuilding it.

“I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel but when you are in a hotel for five weeks and then a flat for six months, it wears you down after a while.”

At the time, shocked neighbours spoke out after the Carousel bus smashed into the couple’s home, with some saying they heard a loud bang when it happened.

Mark Hobbs, an 11-year-old boy who was on the bus with his grandparents, also spoke to the Bucks Free Press about his terrifying ordeal, saying his grandparents were “on the floor and there was glass everywhere” following the crash.

Speaking about his wife’s flashbacks, Mr Evans said: “She is still struggling to sleep. She says she can’t remember what our lounge looks like because all she can remember is the ceiling collapsing and coming towards her.

“But we will be ok eventually. We are comfortable and our insurance company has been very good with us.

“It’s just that it’s not your own house.”