Norfolk

Norwich coach crash injured remain in hospital

Norwich coach crash
Image caption The A140 at Horsham St Faith, near Norwich airport, was closed for about six hours

Five people who were injured when a coach overturned near Norwich remain in hospital, police have said.

The single-decker coach, carrying mostly elderly passengers on a tour, crashed on the A140 Cromer Road at Horsham St Faith on Friday afternoon.

Nineteen people were taken to hospital, and most were later discharged. Three people with broken bones and two other casualties remain in hospital.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated by Norfolk Police.

The road was closed for about six hours and reopened at 2120 GMT.

Emergency crews praised

Forty-nine people were on board the Galloway Travel coach, which was on a tour of Norfolk and was travelling from Sheringham to the city.

Passengers who did not require hospital treatment have continued with their trip and have been staying in a hotel in Norwich as planned.

Jennifer Stimpson, of Ipswich, who was on board the coach with her husband, Peter, and son, Paul, praised everyone involved in the rescue.

They and others who were unhurt are due to visit Wroxham on Monday, the final day of the tour.

Image caption Jennifer Stimpson said everyone involved in the rescue had been "so kind"

Mrs Stimpson said the coach suddenly went up a bank and went over "but there was no panic, no screaming".

"The seatbelts saved us, else we would have all fallen on top of each other," she said.

"The emergency services were absolutely fantastic.

"They arrived so quickly, it was marvellous.

"Everybody has been so kind."

Horsham St Faith Social Club was used as a makeshift shelter to allow emergency services to deal with casualties under a triage system.

Insp Dave Ball said it would have been a far more serious incident had passengers not been wearing their seatbelts.

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