A PENSIONER and his elderly passenger were seriously injured during a four car pile-up which caused hours of delay to local motorists.
An 80-year-old driver from Eastbourne was one of seven people hurt during the head on collision which resulted in a ten mile stretch of the A27 being closed in both directions.
His Honda Jazz saloon was heading towards Eastbourne when it collided with two cars heading in the opposite direction near Middle Farm at around 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon
Seven ambulances and two air ambulances were called to the scene, with four people found trapped amongst the wreckage.
The 80-year-old was yesterday transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton from the DGH, where he had initially been treated.
A 72-year-old female passenger, also from Eastbourne, is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, with her injuries described as life threatening.
Two other passengers were also taken to hospital following the smash.
An 83-year-old female received treatment at the DGH for minor injuries and a 74-year-old was taken to the Royal Sussex.
Both were in the Honda, are from Eastbourne and have since been released.
The Honda collided with a Vauxhall Insignia and a Skoda Fabia travelling the other way, towards Lewes.
The driver of the Vauxhall, a 55-year-old man from Horsham in West Sussex, suffered neck injuries, while the Mazda driver, a 60-year-old from St Leonards, was taken to the DGH with minor injuries.
The fourth car involved, a Fabia, was being driven by a 47-year-old local woman who is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Ambulance crews treated another three people on the roadside.
Police closed the busy road until 11.30pm, creating traffic chaos for the hundreds of cars heading in and out of Eastbourne at rush-hour.
Motorists experienced long delays and the alternative route between Eastbourne and Brighton, the A259, bottlenecked at the single carriage bridge near Seven Sisters Country Park and the Golden Galleon pub – leading to tailbacks which ran all the way back to East Dean and the outskirts of Eastbourne.
Sergeant Alan Spicer of Sussex Police’s road policing unit said, “We thank those drivers who waited patiently in long traffic queues while emergency services dealt with this incident.”
Police are now investigating the crash and want to hear from anyone who saw what happened. Witnesses should call 0845 60 70 999.