Pictures show aftermath of crash which saw five people taken to hospital after car driven along the A47 in the wrong direction
PUBLISHED: 15:12 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:12 24 February 2014
Five people were taken to hospital after a crash which blocked the A47 on the outskirts of Norwich and appears to have been caused when a car drove on the southern bypass in the wrong direction.
Three cars were involved in a crash on the westbound carriageway of the road near Postwick just after 6.40pm.
While five people, including a teenage girl, were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, a spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said it was believed their injuries were not serious.
Emergency services, including four fire engines, police cars, ambulance crews and a paramedic went to the scene.
Fire crews from Carrow, Sprowston, Earlham and Hethersett went to the crash and had to help cut three people out of the vehicles.
East of England Ambulance Service sent four ambulances and two rapid response vehicles.
Nine people were checked over by ambulance crews and paramedics, with four adults and the teenage girl taken to hospital. The injured people came from each of the three cars.
The crash caused long delays for drivers, many of whom were making their way home from the Carrow Road game between Norwich City and Tottenham.
The westbound carriageway reopened just after 10.45pm.
The crash came near the end of a weekend in which three people died on the county’s roads.
Two pedestrians were killed in collisions on Saturday at Caister and Stockton and the tragedies followed the death of a man in a two-car crash at Stradsett on Friday night.
Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing department tweeted: “We are dealing with 3 tragedies over last 24 hrs. We are investigating the causes and supporting families our thoughts are with all involved.”
A male pedestrian died after being struck by a BMW car on the A146 in Stockton at about 6.20pm on Saturday.
Police and the ambulance service attended but the pedestrian died at the scene.
The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries.
Earlier in the afternoon, a female pedestrian died after being hit by a single-decker bus at Caister.
Emergency services, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, were called to the scene on Ormesby Road at the junction with St Hilda Road at 4pm.
A spokesman said no further information relating to the deceased would be released at this stage.
And an 80-year-old man has died after a head-on crash on the A1122 at Stradsett.
The accident took place at about 8.20pm on Friday when two vehicles – a Honda Civic and an Audi A3 - were involved in the crash.
Emergency services including the police, ambulance and fire service went to the scene to help the drivers of both cars.
The male driver of the Honda was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn with serious injuries.
But Norfolk police confirmed that he later died in the hospital. Police have not released any further details about the man.
The female driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.
The road remained closed until 12.30am while investigations into the crash continued.
Firefighters from Downham Market, Methwold and King’s Lynn went to the scene of the crash.
Police want to speak to anyone who believes they may have witnessed any of the crashes.
Witnesses are asked to contact the serious collision investigation team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.