Road will claim lives says father-of-three

Selmeston coach crash. A27 SUS-140209-115429001
Selmeston coach crash. A27 SUS-140209-115429001

A Selmeston resident says somebody will be killed if nothing is done to improve safety on a road where a crane collided with a coach full of passengers.

Jonathan Fox was at his home next to the crash site on the A27 eastbound at Selmeston, between Lewes and Polegate when the incident happened.

The vehicles collided at 4.10pm – about the same time his three children will be crossing the road when they go back to school next week.

The IT specialist said the impact form the crash was so loud it sounded like a clap of thunder.

He has been lobbying the Highways Agency and local council to reduce the speed limit on the road from 40mph to 30mph and says that near misses are an everyday occurrence .

Two cars were also written off in a separate incident on Saturday September 30.

“There could have been multiple fatalities with this one and I think it’s just a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed,” he said.

“It was so loud it sounded like a clap of thunder.

“I saw a coach load of elderly people with the rear windows smashed out and the poor people were all extremely shocked.”

More than 50 passengers were on board the Dunwood Travel coach. Many were on a day trip to Eastbourne from the Midlands.

“They were covered in 
glass and some had to be helped into wheelchairs,” Mr Fox added.

“I’m going to be speaking to County Hall again but I don’t think anything will happen.

“Our children are going to have to cross the road everyday when they go back to school next week.

“When someone dies maybe the Highways Agency will decide to do something about it but it’s very sad that we have to wait until someone is killed before they have the guts to 
actually do anything about it.”