Five people remain in hospital following Norwich coach crash

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, near to Norwich International Aiport, at about 3.40pm on Christmas Eve.

Nineteen people were taken to hospital, and eight remained in hospital overnight, of which three sustained broken bones. The 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 re-opened at 9.20pm.

Forty-nine people were on board the Galloway Travel coach, which was returning to Norwich following a Christmas tour of north Norfolk, including Cromer and North Walsham.

Passengers who did not require hospital treatment continued with their trip, police said.

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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.

One of the elderly people on the bus said she had been asleep when 'suddenly the coach flipped over'.

Miss Smith visited the East of England Ambulance Trust HQ, at Hospital Lane, Hellesdon, which manages and dispatches emergency vehicles, only the day before, to wish staff a Merry Christmas and to thank them for all they do.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, whose constituency includes Norwich airport, said: 'This was a very distressing accident on Christmas Eve. I pay tribute to the emergency services who did a sterling job very quickly in making people safe and getting those injured to hospital. Everyone's thoughts now are with those injured or shaken, and their families.'