A Seaford driver suffered a broken neck and fractures to three vertebrae in a two-car collisoion at Pyecombe in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday December 15).
The 24-year-old also suffered multiple cuts but there was no damage to her spinal cord.
She was one of four people seriously injured in the collision on the A273 Clay Hill just before 1.30am
A blue Mazda 6 saloon travelling south was in collision with a silver Jaguar X-type saloon travelling north. The impact broke the Mazda, driven by the Seaford woman, in two.
Her passenger, a 34-year-old man, was knocked unconscious and suffered suspected abdominal injuries.
The Jaguar was being driven by a 55-year-old man from Shoreham-by-Sea.
He suffered a broken pelvis, broken right arm, and suspected abdominal injuries.
His passenger, a 39-year-old man from Hurstpierpoint, suffered abdominal injuries.
The road was closed for several hours while emergency services were at the scene.
All four casualties were taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, and detained for treatment.
Sergeant Mark Baker, of Sussex Police, said: “We are investigating the circumstances of the collision and appealing for witnesses, either to the collision itself or to sightings of either vehicle prior to the collision.
“We would also like to thank other motorists for their patience while the road was closed.”
Anyone with information is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Anmore, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org