Watch: CCTV footage shows car crash outside the Artichoke pub in Norwich

CCTV captures accident outside The Artichoke pub in Norwich.

CCTV captures accident outside The Artichoke pub in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Witnesses have described the moment a young woman was hit by a car and sent through its windshield outside a Norwich pub on Friday morning.

The vehicle involved in the crash of Magdalen Road

The vehicle involved in the crash of Magdalen Road - Credit: Archant

It is believed she had been walking past the Artichoke pub on Magdalen Street shortly after 8.30am when she was struck by a vehicle.

Police said a silver Nissan Micra lost control and mounted the pavement before hitting a pedestrian. It then crashed into a traffic light.

An ambulance service spokesman said the woman's injuries were not thought to be serious, but she was taken to hospital for further treatment.

The elderly driver of the vehicle was being interviewed by police.

The scene of the accident on Magdalen Street in Norwich

The scene of the accident on Magdalen Street in Norwich - Credit: Archant


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Marcus Kahn, 41, from Sprowston Road, said he was just seconds away from being hit by the car as he walked to work.

He said: 'I was by the [pub's] benches when I heard this roar and I wasn't sure what it was. I turned around and saw the car driving on the pavement and the woman behind me got hit.

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'She went backwards into the windscreen with a bang and then the car crashed into the lamppost.'

Members of the public rushed over to help the woman, who is thought to be in her late 20s, as Mr Khan called the emergency services.

'It was like something out of a film,' he said. 'I was just in shock.'

The woman was said to have been conscious as she was treated by paramedics. She suffered cuts and bruising in the accident.

Police said the car hit another vehicle and cyclist before the pedestrian.

Mark Wilsher, who was waiting at the traffic lights on his bike, said the vehicle ran over his foot.

The 46-year-old lecturer added: 'I heard a very loud revving, looked over and saw the car zooming round on the pavement.

'It was very lucky to be honest, because there were two kids on bikes in front of me, but they jumped the red lights and went down Magdalen Road.

'It all happened so fast I didn't have time to think anything to be honest.'

The road was blocked by police for around two hours at its junction with Bull Close Road.

An air ambulance had been called to the scene, but was later stood down.

Police Sgt Andy Spall, from the roads policing department, said the driver mounted the curb at the Marlborough Road junction.

'He collided with a car, a cyclist and pedestrian, who went through the windscreen and ended up pretty much inside the car,' he said.

'The driver himself was not injured and the cyclist had minor bruising to his foot.'

Mr Spall said it was not yet known how the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The road has now reopened.

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