Six survive crash chaos

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YOUNG revellers caused damage running into thousands of pounds when their car with six people on board crashed on Bank Holiday Monday night.

The drama unfolded just before midnight in Sevenoaks Road, a popular rat run between Langney Rise and Willingdon Drove.

A blue Renault Clio, with a driver and five passengers, veered out of control and smashed into several parked and unattended vehicles parked along the road.

The 26-year-old Clio driver and the male passengers, four in their twenties and one in his early thirties, were taken to the DGH with varying injuries.

One of the men is believed to have been in the boot.

All were taken to the accident and emergency unit. Some were kept in for treatment but all were released by the time the Herald went to press.

Police have now begun an investigation into the smash which they say could take some weeks. The driver of the Clio is being investigated for driving offences.

A police spokesperson told the Herald the Clio lost control, collided with a Citreon Relay Van which was pushed into a Ford Mondeo, before smashing into a Vauxhall Agila.

The spokesperson added, “The local man was driving the Clio which was in collision with several parked and unattended vehicles.

“The driver and his passengers suffered various levels of injuries although none are believed life-threatening at this time.

“Contact has been made with the registered keepers of the parked and unattended vehicles damaged as a result of the collision.”

One of those whose vehicle was damaged was Ian Alexander, who lives in Sevenoaks Road with his wife Sarah.

Sarah said the Renault Clio hit her husband’s van, causing it to shunt into another car which then impacted with the vehicle in front of that.

“My husband heard the bang and I looked out of the window and the driver was lying on the pathway,” said Sarah.

“My husband went out there and there were apparently three others lying on the other side of the road.”

Another homeowner said residents were concerned about speeding in the area and had asked the council for something to be done.

She added, “There was police, fire brigade, ambulance here and they closed the road off until about 1.30am.

“We’re really up in arms about this road, since the new road was built, we have got a lot of speeding down here.”

Inspector Rachel Barrow from Eastbourne’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “While the primary cause of this collision is still under investigation, speeding vehicles in Sevenoaks Road has previously been identified as a neighbourhood priority by local people.

“The neighbourhood policing team has been working hard to crack down at this location and other locations in the Langney area and will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in the Road Policing Department to improve road safety and ensure that those who speed are fined and prosecuted when appropriate.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting incident number 1309 of 27/12.