Police seek witnesses to fatal crash on the A23 at Warninglid

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A front-seat passenger died and the driver and another passenger were seriously injured when a car travelling south on the A23 at Warninglid entered a lay-by and crashed into a parked lorry.

The collision occurred at around 1.40am on Saturday (16th December) some 600 metres north of the road’s junction with Broxmead Lane and witnesses are being sought to establish what happened.

The car involved was a black Nissan Micra and was being driven by a 29-year-old woman from Smallfield, Surrey, who sustained serious leg injuries. She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.  Following treatment she was released yesterday afternoon.

A passenger beside her, a 25-year-old man from Crawley, sadly sustained fatal injuries.

A 22-year-old woman from Kenley, Surrey, in the rear of the car suffered serious facial injuries.  She remains in a critical condition.   A 20-year-old man from Copthorne, also in the rear of the car, was slightly injured. Both were taken to the RSCH.

The driver of the parked yellow Mercedes-Benz lorry, which was parked up overnight, was unhurt. He is a 40-year man from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

The A23 was closed southbound from junction 11 on the M23, together with intermediate slip roads, until some lanes were re-opened around 5.00am. The A23 fully re-opened at around 9.00am.

Anyone who saw what happened or noticed the Nissan being driven shortly before the crash is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting Operation Cranbourne.

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