Update: air ambulance lands following M23 crash

Two lanes of M23 closed following serious crash

Two lanes of M23 closed following serious crash

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A driver has been airlifted to hospital after the mini-bus he was in crashed into a bridge support on the motorway.

The collision took place at around 6.10am.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to a road traffic collision on the M23 near junction 10 at Pound Hill, Crawley, which resulted in all northbound lanes being closed.

“Police are appealing for motorists travelling north to avoid the area, where congestion is already heavy, and to use an alternative route.

“A white Volkswagen Sharan people carrier collided with a bridge support, trapping the driver who was reported to have suffered serious injuries.

“Fire and rescue crews used cutting equipment to release the injured man, who was being treated by paramedics at the scene before being flown to St George's Hospital, London, by the air ambulance.

“The southbound M23 was closed for some 20 minutes to allow the air ambulance helicopter to land.”

Inspector James Biggs said: "We are advising northbound motorists to leave the M23 at junction 11 and travel via the A23 Brighton Road and the A2011 Crawley Avenue to rejoin the motorway at junction 10."

Anyone who saw the collision or who has other information which may assist an investigation into the cause is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting Operation Jevington.

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10:55am Tue 15 Apr 14

StevieD says...

This accident happened at around 6am. The driver although badly hurt was not killed. The vehicle hit a bridge support. Why then is it necessary to close the motorway with the exception of a few minutes for the air ambulance to attend causing severe hardship and delays to thousands for a number of hours? While it is a great shame that this person has had an accident and been hurt this is another case of health and safety gone mad and insurance companies dictating what must and must not happen during such incidents. Surely with a bit of common sense most of the carriageway could have remained open with a speed limit and police control. There are many portable quick erect screens around now days although there was no doubt herds of fire engines, police vehicles etc in attendance that could be positioned correctly and with the benefit of digital cameras etc there should be no need for the endless measurements etc. Smacks of giving overpaid officials something to do and to hell with everyone else. Only in this stupid country!!!!
This accident happened at around 6am. The driver although badly hurt was not killed. The vehicle hit a bridge support. Why then is it necessary to close the motorway with the exception of a few minutes for the air ambulance to attend causing severe hardship and delays to thousands for a number of hours? While it is a great shame that this person has had an accident and been hurt this is another case of health and safety gone mad and insurance companies dictating what must and must not happen during such incidents. Surely with a bit of common sense most of the carriageway could have remained open with a speed limit and police control. There are many portable quick erect screens around now days although there was no doubt herds of fire engines, police vehicles etc in attendance that could be positioned correctly and with the benefit of digital cameras etc there should be no need for the endless measurements etc. Smacks of giving overpaid officials something to do and to hell with everyone else. Only in this stupid country!!!! StevieD
  • Score: -7

1:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Wiggsy says...

StevieD wrote:
This accident happened at around 6am. The driver although badly hurt was not killed. The vehicle hit a bridge support. Why then is it necessary to close the motorway with the exception of a few minutes for the air ambulance to attend causing severe hardship and delays to thousands for a number of hours? While it is a great shame that this person has had an accident and been hurt this is another case of health and safety gone mad and insurance companies dictating what must and must not happen during such incidents. Surely with a bit of common sense most of the carriageway could have remained open with a speed limit and police control. There are many portable quick erect screens around now days although there was no doubt herds of fire engines, police vehicles etc in attendance that could be positioned correctly and with the benefit of digital cameras etc there should be no need for the endless measurements etc. Smacks of giving overpaid officials something to do and to hell with everyone else. Only in this stupid country!!!!
Where else would you suggest an Air Ambulance lands that avoids closing a road to accommodate a helicopter landing?

Would you really want cars driving past an Air Ambulance whilst it was attending the scene of accident?
[quote][p][bold]StevieD[/bold] wrote: This accident happened at around 6am. The driver although badly hurt was not killed. The vehicle hit a bridge support. Why then is it necessary to close the motorway with the exception of a few minutes for the air ambulance to attend causing severe hardship and delays to thousands for a number of hours? While it is a great shame that this person has had an accident and been hurt this is another case of health and safety gone mad and insurance companies dictating what must and must not happen during such incidents. Surely with a bit of common sense most of the carriageway could have remained open with a speed limit and police control. There are many portable quick erect screens around now days although there was no doubt herds of fire engines, police vehicles etc in attendance that could be positioned correctly and with the benefit of digital cameras etc there should be no need for the endless measurements etc. Smacks of giving overpaid officials something to do and to hell with everyone else. Only in this stupid country!!!![/p][/quote]Where else would you suggest an Air Ambulance lands that avoids closing a road to accommodate a helicopter landing? Would you really want cars driving past an Air Ambulance whilst it was attending the scene of accident? Wiggsy
  • Score: 11

8:35pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Brighton Living says...

Stuck on motor way for over 3 hours........ why close the motor way at all cant they simply close the lanes that need closing and keep the traffic flowing.
Stuck on motor way for over 3 hours........ why close the motor way at all cant they simply close the lanes that need closing and keep the traffic flowing. Brighton Living
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

wander1er says...

StevieD

you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents ..
StevieD you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents .. wander1er
  • Score: 7

11:06am Wed 16 Apr 14

Brighton Living says...

wander1er wrote:
StevieD

you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents ..
Mmmmm was you there and doesn't rubber necking involve the traffic needing to be moving ??? No didn't think so and it amazes me how somebody leaves the road and hit the side of the bridge. I'm sure all the companies with their employees turning up 3 - 4 hours late would agree with you........ NOT !!

Also 4 hours of my 3 children not having anything to eat or drink and not place to go to the toilet because the road was closed and nobody could get off !!! . It's not like we wanted to see this or set off in the morning thinking goodeee lets go spend 4 hours on the motorway where the police have shut the road and you could clearly see it was in the slow lane and the other two lanes were only blocked by police cars not a helicopter ...... there is only one Tw@t on hear and as normal it's the one who doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.
[quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: StevieD you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents ..[/p][/quote]Mmmmm was you there and doesn't rubber necking involve the traffic needing to be moving ??? No didn't think so and it amazes me how somebody leaves the road and hit the side of the bridge. I'm sure all the companies with their employees turning up 3 - 4 hours late would agree with you........ NOT !! Also 4 hours of my 3 children not having anything to eat or drink and not place to go to the toilet because the road was closed and nobody could get off !!! . It's not like we wanted to see this or set off in the morning thinking goodeee lets go spend 4 hours on the motorway where the police have shut the road and you could clearly see it was in the slow lane and the other two lanes were only blocked by police cars not a helicopter ...... there is only one Tw@t on hear and as normal it's the one who doesn't have a clue what they are talking about. Brighton Living
  • Score: -2

4:22pm Wed 16 Apr 14

wander1er says...

Brighton Living wrote:
wander1er wrote:
StevieD

you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents ..
Mmmmm was you there and doesn't rubber necking involve the traffic needing to be moving ??? No didn't think so and it amazes me how somebody leaves the road and hit the side of the bridge. I'm sure all the companies with their employees turning up 3 - 4 hours late would agree with you........ NOT !!

Also 4 hours of my 3 children not having anything to eat or drink and not place to go to the toilet because the road was closed and nobody could get off !!! . It's not like we wanted to see this or set off in the morning thinking goodeee lets go spend 4 hours on the motorway where the police have shut the road and you could clearly see it was in the slow lane and the other two lanes were only blocked by police cars not a helicopter ...... there is only one Tw@t on hear and as normal it's the one who doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.
actually I used to work that part of the truck road network as a ISU operative
and if it was stationary im sure there would have been many people nipping off to the bushes for a slash and BTW does it not state in the highway code you should prepare for the road ie blankets first aid kit water and something to eat...
[quote][p][bold]Brighton Living[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wander1er[/bold] wrote: StevieD you are proper stupid ,,,, Helicopter on a motorway with tw@ts like you rubber necking it.. and any debris getting blown around . it's just simple to close the road giving the crew a safe working area without the worry of more incidents ..[/p][/quote]Mmmmm was you there and doesn't rubber necking involve the traffic needing to be moving ??? No didn't think so and it amazes me how somebody leaves the road and hit the side of the bridge. I'm sure all the companies with their employees turning up 3 - 4 hours late would agree with you........ NOT !! Also 4 hours of my 3 children not having anything to eat or drink and not place to go to the toilet because the road was closed and nobody could get off !!! . It's not like we wanted to see this or set off in the morning thinking goodeee lets go spend 4 hours on the motorway where the police have shut the road and you could clearly see it was in the slow lane and the other two lanes were only blocked by police cars not a helicopter ...... there is only one Tw@t on hear and as normal it's the one who doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.[/p][/quote]actually I used to work that part of the truck road network as a ISU operative and if it was stationary im sure there would have been many people nipping off to the bushes for a slash and BTW does it not state in the highway code you should prepare for the road ie blankets first aid kit water and something to eat... wander1er
  • Score: 3

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