Three people remain in hospital following Christmas Eve coach crash near Norwich

Three people remain in hospital following the coach crash on the outskirts of Norwich on Christmas Eve, police said today.

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 the three who sustained broken bones are still in hospital today.

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 Nor-folk, 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 sys-tem.

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

A Norfolk police spokesman said: 'Officers at Norfolk Constabulary can confirm that three people remain in hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a bus turned on its side at Horsham St Faiths on Christmas Eve.'