Chaos on East Sussex icy roads this morning

COMMUTERS faced chaos on ice-covered County roads on Wednesday morning, January 19.

By 10am road traffic police logs recorded 13 road smashes with more coming in each minute. Drivers were reporting 30 minute journeys extending to two hours.

A driver was reported in a critical condition in the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton after a single-vehicle smash at Firle at about 5.30am. Police said he suffered serious injuries after appearing to have lost control of his car. The westbound A27 was closed to traffic for about four hours and traffic diverted southwards via Newhaven and northwards via Glynde.

As drivers reached Ringmer they found traffic backed up to the junction between The Broyle and the B2124. This was exacerbated by a road crash involving a motorcyclist near Sussex Police HQ just south of Earwig Corner, Lewes which caused tailbacks to the Little Horsted roundabout just outside Uckfield.

The B2102 Framfield Road near Uckfield was also blocked after a crash near the Bridge Farm junction.

Roads approaching Tunbridge Wells from the south were severely affected with crashes on the A26 from Crowborough and the A267 near Five Ashes north of Heathfield.

The A272 at Maresfield was blocked after a road smash on the iced carriageway.

Traffic tailed back along the southbound A267 and A22 after an accident near the Boship roundabout and there was another road smash causing long delays on the westbound A27 near the new football stadium at Falmer.