Motorcyclist recovering following crash that closed A47 near Norwich for five hours

A motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash on the A47 near Bawburgh, west of Norwich, last night is still in a critical condition in hospital this morning.

The A47 was closed for five hours between the Longwater junction with the A1074 Dereham Road and the B1108 Watton Road, causing long tailbacks.

The motorcyclist was travelling towards Great Yarmouth when, close to the Costessey sliproads, he hit the central reservation at about 6.20pm.

Norfolk police said he then collided with two cars heading in the opposite direction towards King's Lynn on the dual carriageway.

The rider was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and described as being in a 'very serious condition'.

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A police spokesman later said his injuries were 'not believed to be as critical as first thought'.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service despatched four crews from Carrow, Earlham and Dereham to clear the scene and to assist ambulance paramedics.

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Drivers reported long delays and stationary traffic in both directions before the road was re-opened at 10.25pm.

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