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Pensioner suffers serious head injuries in Houghton crash

B2139 in Amberley closed in both directions between the Houghton Bridge junction and Whiteways Lodge Roundabout, because of an accident PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

B2139 in Amberley closed in both directions between the Houghton Bridge junction and Whiteways Lodge Roundabout, because of an accident PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

A PENSIONER from Warningcamp was taken to hospital with serious head and leg injuries following a crash near Amberley, yesterday evening (Monday, February 24).

Two cars were travelling in the opposite direction on the B2139 at Houghton Hill, between the Whiteways roundabout and Houghton bridge, when they collided, at about 5pm.

Police, fire and ambulance crews all rushed to the scene.

The 80-year-old Warningcamp man was driving a blue Ford Fiesta.

Firefighters from Arundel and Littlehampton, supported by the heavy rescue tender from Chichester, had to use hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the Fiesta and free the man. Fire crews were on site for more than an hour.

An emergency crew from the Sussex Air Ambulance also attended.

However, the injured man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, by ambulance.

The 38-year-old woman from Burgess Hill who was driving the other car, a silver VW Polo, was treated at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, for slight injuries.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to what the force is describing as a ‘serious collision’.

Inspector Phil Nicholas of the Sussex Road Policing Unit said; “Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact us via 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Barsham.”

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

 

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