Updated: Two motorcyclists die in collision in Chuck Hatch

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two motorcyclists died when their bikes collided with a car in Chuck Hatch.

The collision happened at about 6.30pm on Sunday (September 14) on the B2026 at its junction with Wrens Warren, police said.

Police said the road was closed between Chuck Hatch Lane and Kidd’s Hill while the emergency services were at the scene.

The motorcyclists were on a white Yamaha R1 and a red Kawasaki ZX600 heading south that collided with a green Range Rover at the junction, police said.

Police said both of the motorcyclists - a 19-year-old man from Forest Row and a 20-year-old man from Turners Hill - died at the scene.

The Range Rover driver, a 52-year-old man from Chuck Hatch, was treated at the scene for shock, police said.

Police said the Range Rover driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail until November 10 while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Mark Baker, of Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “The B2026 is a very isolated road so it is unlikely that there were many motorists that saw any of the vehicles in the area just before the crash.

“However we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the motorcycles or the Range Rover being driven in the minutes beforehand.

“If you remember anything at all about them, please contact us. What you tell us could be vital to our investigation.

“The crash has left two families grieving for loved ones tonight and we urgently need to speak to anyone who knows anything about what happened.”

Anyone with information should email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Mantell.