Car crashes into building on Eastbourne seafront

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A motorist had to be freed by firefighters after their car crashed into the side of a building in Eastbourne on Friday evening.

However the three occupants of the car escaped without serious injury and no-one inside the building was hurt either.

Fire crews using cutting equipment managed to free one occupant of the vehicle which had crashed into a shop building at the junction of Cavendish Place and Seaside Road.

An air ambulance landed on the beach by the pier at around 6pm, 20 minutes after fire crews and ambulance crews received the call-out to the accident by the traffic lights.

A spokeswoman for South-East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed there were three people in the car. None were seriously injured, but were assessed and treated at the scene. One woman in her early forties was taken to the DGH with upper arm, shoulder and neck injuries.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said that occupants in the building which the car crashed into were being re-housed overnight since it was considered unsafe.

Eastbourne Borough Counci’s building control department was assisting emergency services, she said.

It is understood that none of the occupants of the building were injured.

Police sealed off roads around Cavendish Place and Seaside Road for over an hour while fire and ambulance crews worked to free the trapped driver.