VOTE: Road safety fears after fatal crash in Sidlesham

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FEARS over road safety have once again been raised after a fatal crash in Sidlesham.

The B2145 was closed for hours on Friday after hay bales fell off a tractor trailer and crushed a car, killing the driver.

The crash happened at around 7.10am in Street End Road when a red Alfa Romeo was in collision with the trailer of a tractor being towed in the opposite direction.

The tractor was carrying bales of straw which fell onto the car.

Sergeant Carl Knapp said: “The 70-year-old man from Portsmouth, who was the only occupant of the car, has died following the collision.”

Two other cars were involved but no-one else was injured.

A 25-year-old Selsey man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving on Friday.

He has been released on police bail until January 9.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit would like to thank motorists and the local community for their patience. The road was closed for a considerable time as the emergency services extracted the driver of an Alfa Romeo car from his vehicle and specialist recovery equipment was required for the tractor.”

The crash has re-ignited fears about the safety of the road, which became the subject of a bypass campaign 20 years ago.

Julian Snell has long supported a bypass for Sidlesham.

“It is an awful road,” he said.

One of the reasons the bypass was rejected was because it would ‘divide’ the village.

Mr Snell, however, believes it would have been worth the cost. “It would have divided the village but it would have saved many, many lives,” he said.

He said improving the B2145 should be a ‘number one’ priority for Chichester District Council, both to improve safety and encourage business investment in the area.

Cyclist Sam Roberts agreed road improvements were crucial to the area.

“There are more and more people cycling from Chichester to Selsey and if there are not improvements there will be another fatality.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses. Anyone who saw the crash, or saw the vehicles immediately before, can call 101 quoting Operation Dovecot.

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