Man killed on A47 believed to have just left Norfolk & Norwich Hospital

Police investigating the accident on the Great Yarmouth bound carriageway of the A47 near Little Mel

Police investigating the accident on the Great Yarmouth bound carriageway of the A47 near Little Melton. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

It is understood that a man who was killed when hit by a vehicle on the A47 near Norwich on Thursday had just left the N&N. Police are talking to a driver after locating a vehicle.

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Norfolk Police said the body of a man, thought to be in his 40s, was found at around 4.30am yesterday on the A47 near to the city.

It is believed that he had recently left the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he was being treated as a patient, before he was hit.

Police will today be speaking to the driver of a vehicle believed to be involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

The dead man's identity has not yet been released but he is believed to be from the Norwich area.

Fatal collision on the Great Yarmouth bound carriageway of the A47 near Little Melton, Norwich. Traf

Fatal collision on the Great Yarmouth bound carriageway of the A47 near Little Melton, Norwich. Trafiic on the A47 west of the B1108 junction. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

The body was discovered on the side of the eastbound carriageway about half a mile past the B1108 junction with the A47 near the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Officers are still trying to piece together what happened and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police said it appeared to be a 'fail to stop collision' and the man's next of kin were being informed.

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On Friday police said a vehicle had been located.

The road was closed all the way to the Thickthorn roundabout, which caused major disruption to commuters.

There were delays of up to one hour on the A47 with tailbacks from the B1108 stretching for miles back towards Tuddenham and Honingham. As drivers sought alternative routes into the city, Norwich's feeder roads came under increasing strain and there were equally lengthy delays reported on Watton Road and Dereham Road. Parts of Norwich itself were also gridlocked.

The incident also caused delays to Konectbus services. Service numbers 4, 8, 53, 510, and 511 were all affected and experienced hefty delays.

A fire crew from Earlham was called to the scene at around 6.20am to screen off the carriageway.

The A47 eastbound carriageway reopened at 2.48pm yesterday.

•Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Norfolk police's Serious Collision Investigation Team by calling 101.