A COUPLE have spoken of the ‘carnage’ caused after a runaway coach hurtled through a field, smashed into their house and shunted their car into a neighbour’s hedge.
Hugh Bareham, 76, and his partner Anne Myhill, 68, were watching a football match at their home in Norton near Bury St Edmunds at 6.45pm on Saturday August 6 when the single-decker coach crashed into their home.
The coach, from Perry’s of Woolpit, came off the road 250 yards north of Mr Bareham’s property on Stanton Road and slid through a field.
It broke through the couple’s fence, wiped out their garage and only stopped after knocking their car into their next door neighbour’s hedge.
The second of the couple’s two cars was also wrecked having been crushed in the garage.
Incredibly, nobody was hurt in the incident as there were no passengers on the coach at the time and the driver walked from the scene unscathed.
Mr Bareham, a retired engineer, said it was a ‘miracle’ that nobody was hurt in the incident.
He said: “We were watching the Liverpool versus Valencia match on TV when it happened. There was suddenly an enormous bang like a bomb - it was that loud. We rushed through to look out of the front window and there was a coach there. It left the road 250 yards north of us, demolished our garage, struck the corner of our house and then ran into the back of my car.”
Mr Bareham praised the police for how they handled the situation.
He said: “You have no idea of the carnage, there was wreckage everywhere.
“The police were brilliant with how they dealt with the scene. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the driver survived - which is a miracle when you consider what could have happened.”
The driver of the coach, who was taken to West Suffolk Hospital after the crash, is still in hospital undergoing tests.