May 26 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 10, 2012
The A47 near Swaffham has fully reopened following a three-vehicle collision this morning that killed 100 partridges and left two people in hospital.
A lorry, a tanker and a truck collided at 6.45am, causing tailbacks in both direction between the A1065 Castleacre Road junction in Swaffham and the A1075 South Green junction in East Dereham.
Two other vehicles were damaged by debris from the crash.
Police said that, contrary to earlier reports, two people were taken to King’s Lynn Hospital complaining of neck and back pain. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.
Police said one vehicle was carrying 15,000 partridges, and an officer at the scene estimated that about 100 of them were killed in the collision.
Fire crews from Watton, Dereham and King’s Lynn attended the scene, along with the environmental protection unit from Sprowston, to deal with any potential chemical leak from the tanker on to the road.
Police put diversions in place and the Highways Agency was notified, but drivers had been warned to expect delays and to avoid the area if possible.
Commuters reported delays as far as 12 miles away from the crash site, with tailbacks affecting drivers travelling from King’s Lynn into Swaffham and from Norwich to Dereham.
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