Three heroes who helped pull a man from a burning car in a crash on the A27 on Saturday morning have spoken about the horror.
One man, a 26-year-old from London, is still in a critical condition in hospital after the smash involving two BMWs on the busy stretch of road at the junction of Gainsborough Lane at 7.47am.
The man was airlifted to a London hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage of the BMW 3 series.
Recovery truck driver and company owner Dean Archer was making his way to work from his home in Hyperion Avenue when he came across the scene of the devastation.
Dean, 34, said, “I heard the impact and knew something bad had happened. The people in one of the BMWs had got themselves out of the car but then I realised there was somebody in the other one. I ran over to it and could see the driver was unconscious and slumped in the seat. I smashed the car window, unlocked the door but had to run back to my truck to get something to cut the driver’s seat belt away from him.
“I could see flames coming from under the bonnet. My mate Phil Hampton had been driving along the road at the same time and he and his brother Kevin, who is an ex-firefighter, pulled him out.
“We just had to get him out. We got him away from the car and then tried to put the fire out.”
Within minutes emergency services were at the scene along with the air ambulance, which airlifted the driver to St George’s Hospital, Tooting.
The driver of the other BMW, also a series 3, a 45-year-old man from Eastbourne, suffered minor injuries and his male passenger, 39, also from Eastbourne, suffered a serious back injury. Both were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.
The road was closed and re-opened at 1.15pm. Police are now appealing for witnesses, who should call on 101 quoting Operation Foundation.