11.30am UPDATE - A47 reopened at Dereham

The A47 has reopened following closure to replace power lines

The A47 has reopened following closure to replace power lines - Credit: IAN BURT

The A47 at Dereham has reopened after engineers were called to restring an electricity power line across the road following an accident - but there are still delays in both directions.

Just after midnight last night a car left the road and hit a telegraph pole interrupting power supplies to 768 homes in the Scarning and Shipdham areas.

UK Power Networks said they restored supplies to 484 customers within half an hour and were continuing to work on restoring the supplies to the remaining customers affected.

A spokesman said: 'Although a replacement wooden pole was installed, overhead lines had to be restrung across the busy A47 involving a road closure.

'Supplies should be restored shortly after the lines have been restrung.

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'We hope our customers appreciate the complexity of this incident while we work to restore supplies as quickly and as safely as possible.'

The road was closed between the A1075 and B1147 junctions and traffic was diverted through Dereham.

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A spokesman from the Highways Agency said that there were some residual delays - about 30 minutes eastbound and 60 minutes westbound - but it was hoped these would clear quickly following the reopening of the road.

A fire crew from Dereham attended the accident but there were not thought to be any injuries.

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