AN ACCIDENT on the A27 involving four vehicles caused severe traffic delays this morning.

The crash happened on the A27 eastbound just after Devils Dyke Road - the Hove turn off - at about 7am this morning. 

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said one man was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital with an arm injury after being treated at the scene.

A police spokesman said this morning: "There has been an accident on the A27 Eastbound near the junction with the A23. 

"Four vehicles are involved in the collision. 

"Ambulance services are on the scene. 

"We have reports of one man suffering with an arm injury so far."

An AA spokesman said: "Lane blocked and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on A27 Eastbound after Devils Dyke Road (Hove turn off).

"Lane one (of two) is blocked, there have been reported that 4 vehicles have been involved in the accident.

"There are severe delays of 39 minutes and delays are increasing on the A27 eastbound between the A270 Upper Shoreham Road and the A23 London Road.

"There is an average speed of five mph."

Bus services in the area have also been affected.

A spokesman from Brighton and Hove Buses said: "Due to an accident by Falmer causing delays, all BH28, BH29 and BH29B services are terminating and starting from the Old Steine in Brighton."

They later added: "Due to the accident at Falmer causing delays, our BH25 services are operating between Lewes Road Garage and the Universities only.

"Our BH25X services are operating between the Old Steine and the Universities only."

There was a second crash involving a motorbike on the A27 near Stanmer Park this morning.

At 10.20am police provided an update on both crashes.

A spokesman said: "The A27 near Brighton suffered traffic disruption both east and westbound early today due to two collisions occurring within 15 minutes of each other.

"Two of three lanes eastbound were blocked some 300 yards beyond the junction with Devil's Dyke Road, and at 8.15am another crash, involving several vehicles, possibly including a motorcycle, occurred westbound near Coldean.

"This led to carriageways being closed and traffic being diverted onto the A270 Lewes Road near Falmer.

"The eastbound A27, where a collision involved only minor injuries, re-opened at around 9.30am.

"Westbound, where a motorcyclist sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, the inside lane currently remains closed, but the outer lane was re-opened at 8.55am."