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West Sussex drivers urged to avoid ‘fatal four’ after five serious collisions in just 12 hours

West Sussex drivers are being urged to avoid the ‘fatal four’ after a busy weekend for emergency services dealing with road traffic collisions.

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Emergency services dealt with five serious road traffic collisions in 12 hours during Sunday night and Monday morning.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are reminding drivers ahead of the August bank holiday weekend that there are four common causes of road accidents in the UK – the ‘fatal four’.

They are:
• Inappropriate speed
• Using a mobile phone whilst driving
• Not wearing a seatbelt
• Drink/drug driving

The fire service is also encouraging drivers to carry out basic vehicle checks, such as checking tread depth and tyre pressure.

Adrian Murphy, Area Manager for Protection at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“It was a busy end to the weekend for our crews and the other emergency services. Please take care on the roads so we can avoid a repeat of the number of incidents we have experienced in the last few hours.

“It so important that people are aware and remind themselves about the ‘fatal four’ – speed, distraction, seatbelts and drink and drug use. It’s not worth the risk.”

The five serious incidents which West Sussex Fire & Rescue were called to were:

• The first incident occurred at 5.32pm on Sunday 18 August on Station Road, Warnham and involved two private cars. Two fire engines from Horsham and the Heavy Rescue Tender from Worthing attended the scene. Two people were handed into the care of SECAmb.

• Two fire engines were then called to a collision involving two private cars on Pagham Road, Pagham at 7.05pm. One person was extracted by crews using hydraulic rescue equipment.

• Crews later attended an incident at 8.43pm on the M23 involving a car and an articulated lorry. One person was extracted from the car with hydraulic rescue equipment and electrical saws. The road was closed in both directions.

• At 2.36am (19 August) crews from Chichester, Midhurst and Haslemere were called to a collision involving a car and a tree on the A286, Henley. A dog suffered serious leg injuries and one person was extricated using hydraulic rescue equipment.

• Crews then called to an RTC at 6.53am on the A27 between Havant and Chichester which involved a van and a tree. One fire engine from Chichester attended the scene as well as three from Hampshire.

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Update on man found unconscious in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

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Police have released an update after a man was found unconscious in Memorial Gardens, Crawley on Wednesday 9th Oct.

A man found slumped face down amd unconscious near a bench on the north side of Memorial Gardens, Crawley, at 8.21am on Wednesday (9 October) had sustained a head injury, the cause of which is being investigated by police.

Officers are conducting enquiries to establish if another person was involved and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the man earlier that morning or who noticed anything suspicious.

The man, aged 47 and of no fixed address, was flown by air ambulance to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, suffering from a life-threatening condition.

He is currently in intensive care.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sussex Police online or phone 101, quoting serial 274 of 09/10.

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