UPDATE: Woman taken to hospital following crash

An elderly woman was cut out of her car after a collision on the junction between Carlisle Road and Granville Road this morning (January 13).

Firefighters, police and the ambulance service was called to the scene following the two-car crash which happened just before 11am.

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One of the cars after the collision in Carlisle Road SUS-150113-134338001

They were called to reports of a car fire with one woman trapped, but as the emergency services got the scene, it was just smoke rather than a fire.

It took firefighters more than an hour to get the woman, who was a passenger, out of the car, as she had suffered an arm injury.

Her husband said she was being taken to Conquest Hospital by ambulance, and he was also going to A&E as a precautionary measure.

The driver of the second car was uninjured.

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Barry Taylor, East Sussex County Councillor for Eastbourne Meads division was at the scene, and said the council was working on safety measures to prevent accidents on the road.

“I have been trying to urge East Sussex County Council to work on more safety measures on the junctions,” he said.

“There is work going ahead at the present moment to improve the safety of the junctions.”

He said he hoped for more double yellow lines at the junctions, so that motorists have a better view of Carlisle Road when they pull out.

“We do need to increase the double yellow lines around the junctions to make it easier for people to look left and right,” he said.

He added the road was a priority for the council, as there had been a number of crashes.

There was an accident at the same junction in November, where a cyclist was badly injured.

At the scene, watch commander Richard Fitzgerald, of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “We were called to a road traffic collision and car fire. When we got here there were two cars involved. There was a lady complaining of chest and arm pains. The ambulance couldn’t get access to her. The decision was made to take the roof off.”