East Sussex commuters were caught in big traffic jams today after a three-car pile-up.

The smash happened just after 8.40am on the A22 at Golden Cross, near Hailsham, causing lengthy tailbacks in both directions.

Firefighters from Hailsham and Herstmonceux spent about 30 minutes freeing a woman trapped in the wreckage.

She was taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital with serious injuries, along with another woman.

Traffic police closed the road for more than an hour as inquiries continued into the cause of the smash.

Delays were compounded by another crash at about the same time at the nearby Boship roundabout, where in the early hours of Saturday a driver was cut free from her crashed car by fire crews and taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital.