Man arrested after A27 Lewes collision involving prison van

A man has been arrested following a serious collision on the A27 at Lewes that caused a prison van to overturn.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 1:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 1:40 pm

The collision happened on the Lewes bypass at just before 11am on Monday (August 10).

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “At 10.55am on Monday (August 10), police were called to a crash involving an HGV lorry and a broken down security van transporting a prisoner.

“All three occupants of the security van suffered injuries.

Emergency services at the scene in Lewes

“The prisoner – a 29-year-old man – sustained a head injury and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

“The van driver – a 45-year-old man suffered whiplash injuries. The prison escort – a 30-year-old man – suffered serious injuries.

“The lorry driver – a 58-year-old man from Seaford – was also injured and has been discharged from hospital. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing.”

The road was shut by police in both directions and remained closed for several hours.

Emergency services at the scene in Lewes

Pictures taken showed a number of ambulances and fire engines at the scene and long queues of standstill traffic.

Detective Inspector Sue Neilson from the Serious Collision Investigations Unit said: “This was a serious crash in which several people were injured and we are working to establish the full circumstances.

“We continue to appeal to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened. If you have dash-cam footage of the collision, or of the broken down security van prior to the crash please report it to us.”

Anyone who witnessed what happened is urged to report it to Sussex Police online or call 101, quoting Operation Onyx.

Emergency services at the scene in Lewes

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Emergency services at the scene in Lewes
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