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A27 brought to standstill after car and trailer overturn between Falmer and Lewes
A car and the vehicle it was towing both overturned on the A27 yesterday – closing the main road for nearly two hours.
Queues about seven miles long built up after the accident on the eastbound carriageway of the major trunk road between Falmer and Lewes at 10.45am yesterday.
The road reopened shortly after 12.30pm, after debris had been cleared.
But motorists said the traffic took a while to clear, with queues stretching past Stanmer Park and Coldean Lane in Brighton.
People living in Woodingdean were also affected as motorists sought alternative routes to reach East Sussex.
One woman said on Facebook she had spent “nearly two hours” sat in a car on a small stretch of the road".
Other people said it was “A27 traffic hell”.
Writing on Twitter, Brighton and Hove City Council said traffic on the A27 was “pretty much” brought to a standstill, advising people to avoid the route if at all possible.
A mother en route to Drusillas said: “After nearly 3 hours and lunch on A27...we are finally here.”
Another woman said: “Causing problems on Falmer Road in Woodingdean as builds up to Rottingdean too.”
Bus services the 12, 12A, 2, 2A and 22 were also delayed, Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company said.
Around the same time a tanker broke down near Arundel on the A27 – worsening delays, although this was subsequently cleared.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Just before 10.45am a car towing a trailer on which there was another vehicle, overturned on the eastbound A27 at Falmer, overturning the trailer at the same time.
“The driver of the towing car is understood to have been slightly hurt.
“The eastbound carriageway was blocked.”
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