A LADDER came off the back of a lorry and smashed through an elderly driver’s windscreen.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Rottingdean on Thursday, November 23.

The woman, who is in her 70s, was driving along the A259 at around 4.45pm when the ladder crashed through her windscreen.

Her car, a silver Ford Focus, was subsequently written off.

A police spokesman said: “The elderly driver of the car was visibly shaken by this incident and as a result is suffering from shock. It is believed the ladder was not securely fastened to the top of the lorry and it slipped off in transit.

“We are pleading to anyone who may have dash cam footage or witnessed this incident to get in contact with us immediately.”

Call 101 quoting reference 293 of 24/11.