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'I thought it was a shotgun' - man describes hearing fatal crash

PUBLISHED: 07:09 09 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:33 09 August 2019

Emergency services at scene after crash on Rose Lane. PIC: Jack Warren.

Emergency services at scene after crash on Rose Lane. PIC: Jack Warren.

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A man who had been staying in a hotel close to the scene of a serious Norwich crash has described how he heard a loud bang before seeing the incident unfold.

Serious crash in Rose Lane, Norwich. PIC: Peter WalshSerious crash in Rose Lane, Norwich. PIC: Peter Walsh

The emergency services were called following a crash involving a pedestrian and a bus on Rose Lane which happened shortly before 10pm on Thursday (August 8).

Police have confirmed a pedestrian, confirmed to be a woman in her 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash.

A 29-year-old man, who did not want to be named but was staying at the Travelodge on St Vedast Street, described how he heard a "bang" before hearing a lady scream.

Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)

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The man said: "When I first heard it I thought it was a shotgun - it was so loud."

The man looked out and saw the bus going past, moments after the crash.

Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)

He said: "When I looked out the bus was still moving. It was an older lady who was killed."

He ran downstairs where he saw police take someone away with them.

He praised the emergency services for the job they do in the face of what they "have to deal with".

Emergency services including police, ambulance and fire crews from Carrow, Sprowston, Earlham and Great Yarmouth attended the incident.

Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)Police at the scene of a collision on Rose Lane in Norwich (Picture: Neil Perry)

Steve Wickers, managing director at First Eastern Counties said: "One of our buses was involved in a road traffic incident with a pedestrian around 10pm last night on Rose Lane in Norwich city centre. It was confirmed by the emergency services that the pedestrian was fatality injured at the scene and our thoughts at this time are with the persons family and friends.

"We are continuing to work with the police and emergency services to determine the cause of the incident."

Following the incident the road was closed between the junctions of Saint Vedast Street/Prince of Wales Road and Riverside Road/Prince of Wales Road.

No one was injured on the bus which was still visible at the scene, with its hazard lights on, following the collision.

The road was cordoned off in the area close to the Rooftop Gardens complex.

Police were stopping people from heading down Rose Lane past the Rooftop Gardens.

Anyone with information should contact PC Shane Schucroft at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham on 101. Officers are also keen to hear from any bus passengers who left the scene and didn't speak to police.

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