BREAKING NEWS: Man has died following collision on A27 between Polegate and Lewes

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A man has died following a collision on the A27 between Polegate and Lewes this afternoon (Thursday March 5), police said.

At 11.40am a 41-ton container lorry with a load of aluminium overturned on to its side on the westbound A27 outside Folkington Manor between Polegate and Drusillas roundabout, and collided with a car, police said.

Police said rescue services released the driver of the car, who was its sole occupant, but sadly he was confirmed dead at the scene.

He is believed to be a man in his late forties who does not come from Sussex. Police said his next of kin are being contacted.

The driver of the container lorry was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to be treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

One other vehicle, a scaffolding lorry, sustained minor damage, police said.

The diversion route is, eastbound, from Lewes up to Ringmer and across to the A22, then down the A22 to Polegate. The westbound route is the same route reversed.

Police stress that the A26 to and from Newhaven is still open, as is the A259 across the coast.