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UPDATED: Lorry driver dies after A23 crash in Handcross
A lorry driver has died after a crash on one of the county’s busiest roads.
Emergency services were called to the A23 in Handcross, south of Crawley, at about 12.45pm today.
An articulated lorry carrying a dumper truck left the carriage way into the verge.
The road was closed in both directions for up to four hours while emergency crews, including the air ambulance, attended the incident.
However, the male driver of the vehicle died at the scene.
Reports suggested tailbacks stretched back up to six miles this afternoon.
A police spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately the A23 was closed southbound for over four hours, but it is now open. This was necessary to safely facilitate the specialist recovery of the large vehicle and its load.
“We would like to thank the public for their co-operation and patience during this time.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101.