Witnesses sought after Five Ashes collision

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a bus and car yesterday (Monday May 13) left 12 people injured and the A267 at Five Ashes closed for five hours.

Emergency services were called just after 11.30am to the junction with Horleigh Green Road.

A blue Hyundai 4x4 vehicle, being driven by a woman, aged 65, was in collision with a single decker bus.

All 11 passengers on the bus were injured - four with minor injuries and one serious injuries were taken to Pembury Hospital and a further six were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital; four of those had serious injuries and two with minor injuries.

The bus driver, 58, was unhurt.

The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Pembury Hospital.

The road was closed for about five hours to allow for the safe evacuation of passengers and the investigation.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, from East Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: “We are at the early stages of an investigation into how this collision occurred.

“The collision presented many challenges for the emergency services, however, the casualties were safely rescued and taken to various accident and emergency departments.

“The professionalism, skill and knowledge of the emergency services at scene was commendable.

“I would like to thank the public for being patient whilst the road was closed and I appeal for any witnesses to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Wiston or email us at collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”