Man in critical condition following serious collision on A47
PUBLISHED: 14:23 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 09 December 2017
A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition following a serious road traffic collision in King’s Lynn.
It involved a Mercedes hatchback and a lorry and happened near the Pullover roundabout, on the King’s Lynn southern bypass.
The car appeared to have collided with the rear of the HGV, causing extensive damage.
An ambulance spokesman said they were called at around 11.37am today (Friday 8).
A rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer, two ambulance crews, and an air ambulance from Magpas attended the scene.
The aircraft landed on the verge between the two carriageways near the roundabout, after carefully avoiding power lines.
Medics treated a man who was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance in a critical condition.
Norfolk fire services said crews from Kings Lynn north and south and Terrington made vehicles and the surrounding area safe after the collision and assisted with casualty care.
Long tailbacks built up after the westbound carriageway was closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.
Traffic backed up past Middleton on the A47 east of the town and Setchey on the A10 to the south.
Gridlock spread to King’s Lynn by late afternoon, with London Road and approaches to the Hardwick Roundabout reduced to a crawl.
Drivers caught on the stretch between the Saddlebow interchange and Pullover were stuck in their vehicles until the road re-opened. The eastbound carriageway was also closed for around an hour after the accident, leaving drivers facing delays in all directions.
Police warned drivers not to try to exit the A47 at the industrial estate exit off the Saddlebow interchange to escape delays on the A10 via the country lanes.
The roundabout has been closed since October, to allow major repair works to be carried out on its bridges. The A47 has also been partially closed beneath them to allow contractors to work safely. The £3.1m repair job is expected to take until Easter.