Woman in hospital after bus accident

NORWICH city centre was gridlocked at the peak of this evening's rush hour after a woman was in an accident with a bus.

NORWICH city centre was gridlocked at the peak of this evening's rush hour after a woman was in an accident with a bus.

It happened at about 4.30pm in Prince of Wales Road, near the junction with King Street.

The woman, believed to be in her late 20s, was carried under the First Eastern Counties bus, a number 24 bound for Thorpe St Andrew.

Prince of Wales Road, King Street, Upper King Street and Agricultural Hall Plain were cordoned off and diversions set up.


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Pc Matt Gates, of Norfolk police, said: “A young lady coming from King Street was crossing Prince of Wales Road.

“A bus was pulling away as the traffic lights changed from red to green and the driver swerved to take avoiding action and in doing so has taken out a road sign.

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“Unfortunately the front offside corner of the bus knocked the woman down and she was then taken underneath the bus, ending up near the rear wheels.”

A cycle paramedic was quickly on the scene and firefighters stabilised the bus, using airbags to lift it and free the victim, who was taken by ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Pc Gates said: “She remained conscious throughout and was talking to paramedics. Her injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.”

He said there had been some passengers on the bus but neither they nor the driver were injured.

Police lifted the roadblock shortly after 5pm and traffic began to return to normal.

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