BREAKING NEWS: Driver dies after colliding with lorry on A27

The driver of a car involved in a horrific smash on the A27 today (Thursday, March 5) has died.

The man, in his late 40s from outside the area, was released from the vehicle by rescue services but was confirmed dead at the scene. Next of kin are being contacted by police.

The scene of the crash where a lorry overturned on the A27. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

The scene of the crash where a lorry overturned on the A27. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

A 41-ton container lorry with a load of aluminium overturned on the westbound A27 outside Folkington Manor between Polegate and Drusillas roundabout, before colliding with a car.

One other vehicle, a scaffolding lorry, suffered minor damage.

The driver of the lorry was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to be treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher of the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit said, “The A27 remains closed between Drusillas and Polegate until further notice and we appreciate the patience of drivers in following the diversions which are in place, but also in avoiding the area altogether if possible.

“Dealing with the rescue, recovery, clearance of the road and investigation is complex and difficult, but we do hope to have the road open again this evening.”

Long delays are likely to continue beyond rush hour.

The diversion route is, eastbound, from Lewes up to Ringmer and across to the A22, then down the A22 to Polegate. The westbound route is the same route reversed.

Police stress that the A26 to and from Newhaven is still open, as is the A259 across the coast.