Lorry driver, 53, arrested after fatal A27 crash

The scene of the crash where a lorry overturned on the A27. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-150503-153236001
The scene of the crash where a lorry overturned on the A27. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-150503-153236001
  • Lorry driver, 53, from Wiltshire arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving
  • A 49-year-old man from near Tonbridge died in the crash
  • Four vehicles were involved in the collision, which shut the A27 from Polegate to Alfriston for 12 hours
  • Police are now appealing for witnesses

A lorry driver has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, after the fatal crash on the A27 yesterday (March 5).

The four-vehicle crash, which saw an articulated lorry overturn and crush a car, closed the road from Polegate to Alfriston for more than 12 hours.

This incident has tragically proved fatal. It has been particularly complex, with specialist equipment having to be brought in to right the overturned lorry as part of the investigation.

Police are now appealing for witnesses after a 49-year-old man died.

The collision happened at about 11.45am between Polegate and Lewes near the junction with Folkington Lane.

A white and blue 41-tonne Renault articulated lorry travelling west overturned, crushing a black Volvo V60 travelling east beneath it.

A red and white Iveco lorry travelling east ahead of the Volvo took evasive action but its load of scaffolding struck a Volkswagen Transporter people carrier travelling west behind the articulated lorry.

The driver of the Volvo, a 49-year-old man from Hildenborough, near Tonbridge, Kent, died at the scene.

The driver of the articulated lorry, a 53-year-old man from Wiltshire, suffered slight injuries. He was treated at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton but not detained.

The driver of the scaffolding lorry, a 45-year-old Eastbourne man, and the driver of the VW Transporter, a 46-year-old woman from Wadhurst, were unhurt.

Two passengers in the VW, a 39-year-old woman from Norway and a 27-year-old man from the USA, were also unhurt.

The incident led to the A27 being closed between Polegate and the Drusillas roundabout at Alfriston until shortly before midnight.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was since been released on bail until May 27.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, of Surrey and Sussex road policing unit, said, “This incident has tragically proved fatal. It has been particularly complex, with specialist equipment having to be brought in to right the overturned lorry as part of the investigation.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as there were many who suffered long delays as we investigated what had happened and made the area safe.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or who saw any of the vehicles involved being driven in the minutes before the collision. If you know anything at all, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Bourton.