A PATIENT was taken to hospital "as a priority" after a car crashed into a tree on the A23 yesterday.

The road was blocked for a short time following the collision between Patcham and Pyecombe shortly before noon.

The Argus reported yesterday that teams from both East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) had attended the scene and released a person who had been trapped inside the car.

The Argus: The crash on the A23 near Pyecombe yesterdayThe crash on the A23 near Pyecombe yesterday

An ESFRS spokeswoman said: "We were called to a collision on the A23 at 12.09pm.

"Our team from Preston Circus and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews from Henfield, Burgess Hill and Crawley attended the scene.

"One person was trapped, and they were released from the vehicle.

"All crews left the scene by 2pm."

Today, the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) confirmed that crews had been called to the scene and a patient had been taken to hospital.

A spokesman for the service said: "We were called shortly before noon yesterday to reports a car had hit a tree.

"Ambulance crews attended the scene and one patient was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital as a priority."