‘I couldn’t believe what had happened’ - witnesses describe moment teenager is hit by bus

Emergency services on Newmarket Road, Norwich after an accident between a bus and a pedestrian.Pictu

Emergency services on Newmarket Road, Norwich after an accident between a bus and a pedestrian.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A teenager was left with serious head injuries after a crash with a double-decker bus during rush hour in Norwich. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Emergency services on Newmarket Road, Norwich after an accident between a bus and a pedestrian.Pictu

Emergency services on Newmarket Road, Norwich after an accident between a bus and a pedestrian.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Emergency services had to use specialist equipment to release the 19-year-old, who was trapped underneath the Konectbus on Newmarket Road.

The bus had been carrying students from Easton and Otley College to Norwich Bus Station when the accident took place shortly after 5pm yesterday.

Police were forced to close the road and the man was flown by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The teenager suffered head, pelvis and internal injuries. They are not thought to be life threatening.

Karla Hyem, a 25-year-old student, had been travelling home from college on the bus when the collision happened.

She said: 'The brakes came on suddenly and we were all thrown forward. Everyone was screaming and we got off straight away.

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'You could see the man's feet from under the bus, they were moving and were just before the front wheel. I was in shock and couldn't believe what had happened.'

She added that the vehicle had only just stopped to pick up a passenger and was not moving at full speed.

Paramedics were on scene within minutes followed by the police, who closed the road between the Daniels Road junction and Unthank Road junction.

Fire crews from Carrow, Earlham and Sprowston used air bags to release the patient from underneath the vehicle.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said the man, who was 19, was breathing and conscious, but had to be anaesthetised before being treated.

Two air ambulances were dispatched to the scene, but only one was used to transport the patient to hospital.

A second person was taken to the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital by ambulance. Mick Hill, 67, had been working in his front garden when he heard a bus stop suddenly outside his home.

He said: 'It was just madness. The girls were all crying and the boys looked shell shocked, which you would be when you have just seen something like that.

'I ran out to direct traffic and get it moving because no one had stopped to help. Everyone wanted to just get home.'

•Anyone with information should call police on 101