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Lorry driver charged over A27 death crash
5:07pm Tuesday 18th March 2014 in News
A lorry driver will appear in court charged with causing the death of a pensioner in a horror crash on the A27.
Ernest Humphrey (COR), 79, of Mackie Avenue, Hassocks, died after the black Vauxhall Zafira he was a passenger in collided with a lorry on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 close to the Southwick Tunnel on July 25 last year.
The lorry collided with the Vauxhall before crossing the central reservation and overturning, blocking the westbound carriageway.
The eastbound carriageway also had to be shut while the injured men in the Vauxhall were rescued and the barrier was repaired.
Drivers were stuck for hours in massive traffic jams and shoppers were trapped in Tesco at the Holmbush Centre, Shoreham, unable to leave the car park.
Roads surrounding the A27, which is used by 47,000 motorists a day, remained gridlocked for hours.
Police and Highways Agency officers closed both sides of the A27 between Holmbush and Hangleton between 1pm and 6pm as they spent hours cleaning up the debris.
The 49-year-old male driver of the Vauxhall, from Hassocks - Mr Humphrey's son-in-law - suffered head, leg and chest injuries and was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment.
Mr Humphrey, who was a passenger in the car, was flown to Southampton General Hospital but died from his injuries on July 30.
Lorry driver Andrew May, of Truro Avenue, Doncaster, suffered minor injuries in the crash. On Monday, he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
The 45-year-old was released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates' Court on April 29.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Kiwi or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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