Passengers on board coach heading eastbound on A27 walk uninjured from crash with crane

Coach passengers able to walk away from crash with crane on A27

Passengers able to walk away from crane crash on A27

Coach passengers able to walk away from crash with crane on A27

Coach passengers able to walk away from crash with crane on A27

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A bus load of over-50 passengers had a lucky escape after the coach they were travelling in collided with a mobile crane.

The day trippers had travelled down from the Midlands for a visit to Eastbourne when the coach was involved in the collision.

The impact of the crash smashed in windows on the coach, showering the tourists in glass leaving some with cuts and many shaken with shock.

Residents living close to the crash site described the noise of the impact as like a “bomb going off”.

The accident happened on the A27 eastbound at Selmeston, between Lewes and Polegate, between the coach and mobile crane at 4.10pm yesterday.

Passengers on the coach were fortunately able to walk away with just minor injuries and were treated to restorative cups of tea at the nearby Barley Mow pub.

The collision closed the road in both directions for about an hour creating long tailbacks.

IT specialist Jonathan Fox has been campaigning for the speed limit to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph at the scene of the crash site because three of his children have to cross the road when dropped off by the school bus.

He said the petrol station and the junction to the village meant accidents were common in the area including on Saturday when two cars were written off after colliding with each other and then the village sign.

He added: “The crane would have smashed into the bus and the poor people on the coach were in a lot of shock.

“I heard the noise from my office window and it sounded like a bomb had gone off.

“I went out to make sure that everybody was ok and I could see the holidaymakers and all the windows caved in.

“They were covered in glass and some had to be helped into their wheelchairs, there were some quite elderly people on the bus and they were in shock.”

Mr Fox said he often heard the squeal of tyres and brakes from his home and there were near misses every day at the junction.

He added: “I am trying to get the county council to change their mind because at the moment three kids use the school bus and they get picked up on one side of the road and then dropped off on the other side and are expected to cross over the road.

“I would like to see them reduce the speed from 40mph to 30mph or to put a crossing in.”

An employee with Dudley-based Dunwood Travel said the group were on a day trip to Eastbourne when the accident happened.

He said: “Everyone is fine.

“We are not worried about the coach, the main thing is that all the passengers are ok and the bus driver is ok.”

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7:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

SimonS says...

Regarding the 30mph limit, it's a tricky one. I think most people will just ignore it, just as they do the 50mph limit near Middle Farm, and just like they do with the 40mph limit further up near the Barley Mow.

I agree with people that there is no such thing as a 'dangerous road', and it's only as safe as the people on it, but this part of the A27 is such a ridiculous piece of road with no margin of error. The road itself isn't the cause of accidents, but it definitely doesn't help the situation.

So far they've added a central reservation and right-turn lane for Middle Farm, reduced the speed limit, resurfaced numerous times and added anti-skid road surface, yet people STILL can't adapt their driving to what is admittedly a nasty piece of road.

I'm not sure what else they can do short of building a dual carriageway as the road isn't really fit for purpose as it has no tolerance for people who don't follow speedlimits and drive sensibly.
Regarding the 30mph limit, it's a tricky one. I think most people will just ignore it, just as they do the 50mph limit near Middle Farm, and just like they do with the 40mph limit further up near the Barley Mow. I agree with people that there is no such thing as a 'dangerous road', and it's only as safe as the people on it, but this part of the A27 is such a ridiculous piece of road with no margin of error. The road itself isn't the cause of accidents, but it definitely doesn't help the situation. So far they've added a central reservation and right-turn lane for Middle Farm, reduced the speed limit, resurfaced numerous times and added anti-skid road surface, yet people STILL can't adapt their driving to what is admittedly a nasty piece of road. I'm not sure what else they can do short of building a dual carriageway as the road isn't really fit for purpose as it has no tolerance for people who don't follow speedlimits and drive sensibly. SimonS
  • Score: 20

8:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

It's hard to work out which vehicle hit which.
It's hard to work out which vehicle hit which. Fred'smate
  • Score: -2

8:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Summerland says...

You have to ask yourself why there are so many accidents on this road. The drivers on it are no better or worse than on other roads but this road is just not fit to carry the volume of traffic it does. The only answer is a new road that takes away the through traffic such as coaches and cranes and leaves the existing road for local traffic only.
You have to ask yourself why there are so many accidents on this road. The drivers on it are no better or worse than on other roads but this road is just not fit to carry the volume of traffic it does. The only answer is a new road that takes away the through traffic such as coaches and cranes and leaves the existing road for local traffic only. Summerland
  • Score: 21

8:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely.

Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing.
The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely. Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing. Fred'smate
  • Score: -6

8:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Nosfaratu says...

Fred'smate wrote:
The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely.

Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing.
No it isn't. The road was originally built by the Saxons and I learnt to drive on it 45 years ago.
It is and always was a dangerous road but with the amount of traffic today it has become much worse.
Don't forget, this is the main East-West trunk route, blame successive Governments for ignoring the fact that we need decent roads here in the South.
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely. Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing.[/p][/quote]No it isn't. The road was originally built by the Saxons and I learnt to drive on it 45 years ago. It is and always was a dangerous road but with the amount of traffic today it has become much worse. Don't forget, this is the main East-West trunk route, blame successive Governments for ignoring the fact that we need decent roads here in the South. Nosfaratu
  • Score: -12

9:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Fred'smate wrote:
The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely.

Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing.
No it isn't. The road was originally built by the Saxons and I learnt to drive on it 45 years ago.
It is and always was a dangerous road but with the amount of traffic today it has become much worse.
Don't forget, this is the main East-West trunk route, blame successive Governments for ignoring the fact that we need decent roads here in the South.
It's a perfectly safe road to use for thousands of people. There are no sharp bends, and visibility is rather good.
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: The road is surely wide enough for everyone to use safely. Volume of traffic merely slows people down, which can't be a bad thing.[/p][/quote]No it isn't. The road was originally built by the Saxons and I learnt to drive on it 45 years ago. It is and always was a dangerous road but with the amount of traffic today it has become much worse. Don't forget, this is the main East-West trunk route, blame successive Governments for ignoring the fact that we need decent roads here in the South.[/p][/quote]It's a perfectly safe road to use for thousands of people. There are no sharp bends, and visibility is rather good. Fred'smate
  • Score: -5

9:05am Tue 2 Sep 14

mich285 says...

To access the south downs at this junction as a walker is very difficult, as it is the only access here to a bridlepath. On many many occasions crossing here has meant a 10-15 minute wait until it is safe to cross. The speed of the traffic can be excessive however the volume is relentless throughout the day and with no crossing it is dangerous. Apparently we have to wait fir a mortality to take place before they will consider a crossing.
To access the south downs at this junction as a walker is very difficult, as it is the only access here to a bridlepath. On many many occasions crossing here has meant a 10-15 minute wait until it is safe to cross. The speed of the traffic can be excessive however the volume is relentless throughout the day and with no crossing it is dangerous. Apparently we have to wait fir a mortality to take place before they will consider a crossing. mich285
  • Score: 1

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