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Five badly hurt as coach overturns

A group of pensioners on a sightseeing tour of Norfolk had a lucky escape when the coach they were travelling in overturned.

The group were heading towards Norwich after visiting Holt, a town in the north of the county, when the coach left the road, climbed a steep grass embankment and flipped on to its side.

Police are trying to establish why the crash happened. No other vehicles were involved.

They said that "thankfully" the passengers were wearing their seatbelts - meaning that although at least five were seriously injured, no-one was killed. Some had to be freed by firefighters.

One passenger said: "We had been to Holt and were heading towards Norwich. Me and my husband dozed off and the next thing we knew the coach was on its side."

Inspector David Ball of Norfolk Police told BBC News: "The people were trapped in the seats, thankfully they had seatbelts on.

"If nobody was wearing seatbelts... they'd have landed on top of each other, it would have been a lot worse. Thankfully we have had no fatalities involved in this."

The pensioners were on a Christmas bus tour run by Stowmarket-based Galloway Travel.

A spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, speaking on behalf of the firm, said the tour had been due to finish on Monday.

The accident happened on the A140 at Horsham St Faith, just north of Norwich and close to Norwich Airport, at about 3.40pm on Friday. Seventeen of the 49 people on board were taken to hospital.

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