VIDEO UPDATE: A47 closed in Peterborough as car hits road sign and leaves road

The scene on the A47 in Peterborough this afternoon.
The scene on the A47 in Peterborough this afternoon.

The A47 Soke Parkway in Peterborough is shut following a very serious collision this afternoon, Wednesday May 4.

It has taken place close to Peterborough City Hospital and the road is shut between junction 16 at Bretton Gate and junction 18, Boruges Boulevard. Queues are back to junction 15 at Nene Parkway.

A red car has left the road, colliding with a road sign, and ended up in a wooded area by the side of the carriageway having hit a tree. Emergency services were called at 1.25pm.

The male driver has been taken to Peterborough City Hospital with what police said are serious, but not life threatening injuries.

The air ambulance attended the scene but was not needed.

Laura Neilson told this newspaper: “I was driving up the other side of the A47 presumably five minutes or so after it happened and it looked pretty serious, but there’s no crashed vehicles on the road so I think someone may be in the ditch.”

A significant number of emergency services are at the scene.

Peterborough Telegraph reader @barrierfreeman added: “Looks like something left the road. 3 fire engines, 3-5 ambulances, 7+ police cars, 2-3 doctors cars.”

Sue Napier added: “Couldn’t see any cars, but police climbing down into the bushes at the side of the road. Most emergency vehicles I have ever seen in one place - hope they are ok.”

Queues are back to junction 15 at Nene Parkway.

Police said that they do not know how long the road will have to remain closed but it is likely to take some hours to clear the scene which may affect rush hour in the city.

UPDATE: Man suffers serious injuries after car leaves A47 in Peterborough - road remains closed