Blaze car driver rescued in crash

Police officers fought to stop flames engulfing a Volkswagen Polo and saved a trapped driver after it was in a crash with a BMW near Hailsham at the weekend.

Three people were injured in a crash on the A267, north of the Boship Roundabout, near Hailsham, at about 3pm on Sunday September 1.

When officers arrived at the scene they used their own fire extinguishers and one from a nearby garage to contain the fire and then helped in the emergency treatment of the occupants, who were trapped.

The driver of the Polo, a 22-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells, sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. His passenger, a man aged 26 also from Tunbridge Wells, was taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital with minor injuries.

The BMW driver, a local man aged 25, is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for serious injuries.

The accident happened as the family of 74-year-old Pamela Minshall who died after a collision on the B2104 Ersham Road on Sunday August 25, paid tribute to her.

They said, “Pam will be sorely missed by everyone privileged to have known her and the hole she leaves can never be filled. She was a large and colourful character, a ‘one off’ as a friend has said, who enjoyed life to the full with a large circle of friends, was a passionate football supporter who always read the back page of the paper before the front, and an Arsenal season ticket holder.

“She was a wonderful mum to two children and the ‘best Nan in the world’ to six grandchildren.”