THE man involved in one of two crashes on the A27 at Chichester is in a ‘critical condition’.
The first of the two collisions involved two cars between the Oving lights and the Portfield roundabout at 2.13pm yesterday (December 2).
A gold Toyota 4x4 left the eastbound carriageway and crossed over the central reservation, colliding head-on with a black Peugeot saloon which was travelling westbound.
The driver of the Toyota, a 63-year-old man from Midhurst, was taken to St Richard’s Hospital ,Chichester, having suffered a suspected heart attack. He is currently in a critical condition.
Other occupants of the Toyota - two adults and two children - suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Peugeot, a 63-year-old man from Littlehampton, was uninjured.
Police, fire and ambulance attended the scene, along with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Police are now investigating the crash.
Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: “Due to the dynamics of the collision, it was unfortunately essential for us to close both sides of the A27. This was to allow the Air Ambulance to operate, and for us to then investigate the collision and ensure the safety of all emergency service personnel, highways agency staff, and recovery operatives working at the scene.
“I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding whilst we dealt with this incident. We always work extremely hard with our partner agencies to try to get the Strategic Road Network re-opened as soon as possible following an incident like this balancing the needs of the investigation with the need to minimise the disruption caused to motorists who are diverted and delayed on their journeys.
“In this particular case we re-opened the eastbound carriageway after two hours and 40 minutes, and the westbound carriageway after three hours 20 minutes.”
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Imperial.
A second crash just hours later, at 5.30pm involved three vehicles travelling east towards Tangmere on the A27.
They were reported to be a Peugeot, a Nissan X-Trail and a Vauxhall Astra.
No one was trapped, but a woman involved suffered a shoulder injury and a man involved sustained a neck injury. None were thought to be serious.