Coach driver and passengers left shaken after fatal crash between Great Ryburgh and Guist

A coach driver and his 37 elderly passengers were 'tremendously shaken' after they were involved in yesterday's (Friday) crash which killed a Fakenham man.

The accident, which involved a Norwich-based St Christopher's coach and three cars, happened at about 4.50pm on the A1067 between Guist and Great Ryburgh.

The driver of a purple Ford Focus – confirmed by police to be a man from the Fakenham area – died at the scene.

A passenger in a green VW Golf was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King's Lynn with a head injury but no-one in the third car – a blue Ford Focus– was injured.

Three coach passengers were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a leg injury, chest pains and facial injuries.

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Other passengers were treated by paramedics for shock and the coach driver suffered minor injuries to his hands.

Today (Saturday), a spokesman from St Christopher's, the coach company involved in the crash, described the news as 'dreadful'. She added: 'It's unbelievable – nothing like this has ever happened before.

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'The passengers were all checked and they were all OK, other than some minor injuries. The driver was, of course, tremendously shaken, poor chap. He was taken to hospital to be checked but was OK apart from cuts to his hands from falling glass. We are in contact with him and are offering him any support he needs.'

The spokesman said the driver was a very caring man who was good with passengers and had been keen to make sure they were all alright following the crash.

The 37 elderly people had been on their way home from a day trip to Sandringham when the accident happened.

They were initially taken to a local pub, the Ordnance Arms, where they were given a cup of tea and seen by paramedics.

A second coach firm, Richards Coaches, based close to the crash site at Guist, then drove uninjured passengers the remainder of the way back to Norwich.

Bobby Green, acting transport manager, said he had dropped them off on Wroxham Road. He said: 'It was the least we could do. Coach companies all try to help each other out – and we had vehicles in the yard ready to go.

'The passengers were all elderly and some of them were in wheelchairs. It was a shock for them.

'They were fairly quiet on the way home. It had put a dampener on the day – they had a really nice day at Sandringham and they just wanted to get home to Norwich.'

Police have thanked the local community which rallied round to help.

Officers are investigating the cause of the crash. Anyone with information should contact Sgt Simon Atherton from the road policing team on 0845 456 4567.

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