A WOMAN died and a man suffered life-threatening injuries when their car left the road and overturned on the A27 last night.

Emergency services were called to white Ford Fiesta ST crash on the road near Pevensey at about 7.30pm.

A 35-year-old female passenger from Bexhill was declared dead at the scene, where Hankham Hall Road crosses the A27.

The driver, a 37-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with life-threatening injuries.

Sergeant Richard Hobbs from the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: "This is a tragic incident and we are seeking witnesses as to what happened.

"Anyone who saw the white Ford Fiesta being driven from the Stone Cross roundabout towards the Wallsend roundabout moments before the collision at around 7.30pm or who may have captured dash cam footage is urged to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Stark."

The road, which was closed while rescue, recovery and collision investigation work was carried out, was re-opened at about 5.15am.