Burst water main near Hailsham causes major traffic congestion

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A burst water main on the A22 near Hailsham was causing major disruption to traffic this morning.

South East Water were carrying out repairs to the damaged main by the Arlington roundabout which was causing plenty of flooding.

There was congestion southbound on the A22 to Boship Roundabout and northbound to the Cop Hall roundabout and as far as Polegate. Motorists on the A295 were finding traffic congestion southbound on the South Road to the Hailsham Town Centre junction.

Meanwhile in a separate incident just north of the Boship Roundabout, two elderly people were injured yesterday afternoon when their car overturned on the A267 at Cross In Hand.

Firefighters managed to release the 93-year-old man from Mayfield who was driving the white Toyota Corolla along with an 89-year-old female passenger, also from Mayfield, who were both trapped in the vehicle.

The accident happened at around 1.40pm at the junction with Meres Lane when two cars collided on the northbound section of the A267.

The woman was taken by air ambulance to Queens Hospital Neurological Centre in Romford, Essex, with head and back injuries. She is currently in a stable condition not assessed as life threatening.

The man was taken by road ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with injuries which were not assessed as serious but he stayed in hospital overnight for observation.

The occupants of the other vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Astra, a man aged 72 and a woman aged 66, both from Heathfield, were unhurt

The A267 was closed until 5.30pm, and emergency services which resulted in major congestion on the road.

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Sgt Dan Pitcher from the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Polegate said; “We would like anyone who saw what happened to contact us via 101 quoting Operation Ontario. You can also email us at ‘collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk’.”