Pensioners fighting for their lives after A27 smash

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A MAN from St Leonards was involved in a horrific four car collision on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate which left two pensioners fighting for their lives.

The 60-year-old was one of seven people hurt in the crash which happened near Middle Farm at Firle around 3.30pm on Wednesday.

A Honda Jazz saloon travelling east was in collision with a Vauxhall Insignia and a Skoda Fabia travelling west. The Insignia collided with an eastbound Mazda 5 saloon.

The A27 was closed in both directions until 11.30pm as a result.

An 80-year old Eastbourne man driving the Honda was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital with serious chest injuries.

His 72-year old female rear seat passenger, also from Eastbourne, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries. Both were assessed as life threatening.

The Insignia driver, a 55-year old Horsham man, was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for slight neck injuries. The Mazda driver, a 60-year old St Leonards man, was treated at Eastbourne District Hospital for minor injuries.

The 47-year old woman driving the Fabia was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for minor injuries.

An 83-year old female passenger from Eastbourne in the Honda was treated at Eastbourne District Hospital for minor injuries, and a 74-year old male passenger from Eastbourne, also in the Honda, was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for minor injuries.

Sergeant Alan Spicer of Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit said: “We thank those drivers who waited patiently in long traffic queues while emergency services dealt with this incident.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Enslow.