UPDATE: Two men in hospital after car and van crash on A21

The Vauxhall Mokka flipped and a passenger had to be rescued by cutting off the roof. Photo courtesy of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

The Vauxhall Mokka flipped and a passenger had to be rescued by cutting off the roof. Photo courtesy of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

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Two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries after a head-on crash involving a car and a van on the A21 in Whatlington this morning (Monday, June 20).

A 50-year-old man from Chelmsford, Essex, was driving south in a red Vauxhall Mokka when it crashed with a silver Vauxhall Astra van coming the other way at Riccards Lane at around 7pm.

The Mokka overturned into bushes and a passenger, a 35-year-old London man, was both mechanically and medically trapped so East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service released him by cutting off the top of the car with electrics cutters, lifting equipment and forcible entry tools.

The Chelmsford man was treated by paramedics for serious leg and pelvic injuries at the scene before being taken to the Conquest Hospital as a priority.

A 29-year-old Bexhill man who was driving the van suffered hip and back pain and was also taken to the Conquest for treatment, the London man sustained minor injuries.

South East Coast Ambulance Service sent three response cars and two ambulances to the scene.

The Vauxhall Astra driver suffered serious leg injuries in the crash. Photo courtesy of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

The Vauxhall Astra driver suffered serious leg injuries in the crash. Photo courtesy of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

The road was closed in both directions following the crash but it reopened three hours later.

Witnesses are asked to contact collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 145 of 10/06.

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