Update M23 closed and teenager fighting for life after crash

M23 closed and teenager fighting for life after crash

M23 closed and teenager fighting for life after crash

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A man is fighting for his life after being hit by a car on the M23.

The 19-year-old man suffered life-threatening head injuries after the collision with the car at 11.49am this morning.

He was airlifted to the Royal London Free Hospital in Whitechapel after the collision in the northbound carriageway and is in a critical condition.

Minutes earlier a vehicle he had been travelling, and which was allegedly stolen, had been briefly pursued in Moat Road, East Grinstead. 

It had also been involved in a collision with another car in London Road in the town and had failed to stop at the scene.

The vehicle was finally abandoned in Stace Way and two men ran from the car.

A 33-year-old man from Crawley was arrested nearby on suspicion of being carried in a vehicle taken without consent and is currently in custody.

The other man from Crawley Down escaped on foot before being hit by a car driving northbound on the M23.

Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of standard policy because of the police activity at the time.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the collision on the northbound carriageway of the M23 between junction 10a and 10.

The road had to be closed southbound for two hours and northbound for four hours to allow the casualty to be treated and for the air ambulance to land.

Roads Policing Unit Inspector Steve Grace said: "We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and we would like to thank drivers for their patience while the road was closed."

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Hadleigh.

Did you see what happened or know the person involved? Then call Neil Vowles on 01273 544530 or email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk.  

 

 

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5:08pm Sun 9 Feb 14

musesboy says...

I was caught up in the traffic jam for the best part of two hours. There were 2 ambulances, at least 8 police cars, the police helicopter and armed police attending. Armed? for a road accident?

Only hearsay but someone who'd wandered down to the front of the queue said they'd been told the injured man was being chased by the police and had crossed the southbound carriageway and was trying to get across the northbound when he was hit.
I was caught up in the traffic jam for the best part of two hours. There were 2 ambulances, at least 8 police cars, the police helicopter and armed police attending. Armed? for a road accident? Only hearsay but someone who'd wandered down to the front of the queue said they'd been told the injured man was being chased by the police and had crossed the southbound carriageway and was trying to get across the northbound when he was hit. musesboy
  • Score: 5

5:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

tekniko says...

I hope the poor car driver is OK, whatever the circumstances.
I hope the poor car driver is OK, whatever the circumstances. tekniko
  • Score: 24

6:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

rudyslayer says...

LeonBIank666 . Your comment is disgusting.
LeonBIank666 . Your comment is disgusting. rudyslayer
  • Score: 17

7:14pm Sun 9 Feb 14

fromsussex says...

I was in the car parallel to the one which hit this guy. He came out of the field adjacent to the southbound carriageway, managed to cross to the central reservation (unharmed), where I thought he would wait before trying to cross the northbound motorway. But he literally hurdled the barrier and continued at speed, straight into our path, hit the car beside me and flew up into the air. The poor driver who hit him was distraught, she had a young child in the car with her, it must have been horrific. I did see a helicopter in the air above the scene almost immediately, and the police showed up before I had a chance to call 999, so I wonder if this man was bring pursued.
I was in the car parallel to the one which hit this guy. He came out of the field adjacent to the southbound carriageway, managed to cross to the central reservation (unharmed), where I thought he would wait before trying to cross the northbound motorway. But he literally hurdled the barrier and continued at speed, straight into our path, hit the car beside me and flew up into the air. The poor driver who hit him was distraught, she had a young child in the car with her, it must have been horrific. I did see a helicopter in the air above the scene almost immediately, and the police showed up before I had a chance to call 999, so I wonder if this man was bring pursued. fromsussex
  • Score: 25

9:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Oh dear.
Oh dear. LeonBIank666
  • Score: 1

8:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

Daz121rie says...

The car in question came speeding up behind me in Crawley down road, they were not going to stop for anyone,
The car in question came speeding up behind me in Crawley down road, they were not going to stop for anyone, Daz121rie
  • Score: 2

9:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

Crystal Ball says...

He should have run across fields instead of a motorway.
He should have run across fields instead of a motorway. Crystal Ball
  • Score: 0

9:37am Mon 10 Feb 14

JerryOnly says...

Poor driver, I do hope they're alright.
Poor driver, I do hope they're alright. JerryOnly
  • Score: 7

1:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

poor driver but do not feel sorry for the man at all .
poor driver but do not feel sorry for the man at all . angrymonkey
  • Score: 10

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