UPDATED: Commuters face traffic chaos as Southwick Tunnel closed in both directions after lorry overturns (From The Argus)
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UPDATED: Commuters face traffic chaos as Southwick Tunnel closed in both directions after lorry overturns
The Southwick Tunnel is closed in both directions after a lorry struck a car and then crashed through the central reservation.
Police believe the lorry struck a people carrier which might have had its hazard lights on and was travelling slowly in the eastbound lane, just east of the tunnel.
It potentially had suffered mechanical failure.
It is believed the lorry ploughed into the back of the lorry before crashing through the central reservation and blocking the westbound carriageway - but thankfully not hitting any vehicle travelling westbound.
The A27 eastbound is closed between Holmbush and Hangleton.
A Sussex Police statement said: "A serious collison has led to the A27 being closed near the Southwick tunnel.
"Two air ambulances attended after a lorry and car collided on the eastbound carriageway after leaving the tunnel. The lorry then left the road and ended up on westbound carriageway.
"Both carriageways are closed and will be for some time. Diversions have been set up and motorists are asked to avoid the area."
Three people have been taken to hospital.
One man, a 79-year-old passenger of the vehicle, was airlifted to Southampton General suffering from a head injury. His injuries are considered very serious.
The driver of this vehicle, a 49-year-old man, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from a fracturered leg; the third, the lorry driver, 44, was taken to the same hospital suffering from minor injuries.
There have been no arrests.
Argus photographer Sam Stephenson said the area was gridlocked, with traffic barely moving.
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