Sussex Police and the Highways Authority are advising motorists to drive carefully today with freezing temperatures across East Sussex.
The advice follows the death of a driver this morning (Monday 29th December) after his Land Rover Defender left the road and collided with a tree near Horam.
At 7am police were called to Furnace Lane in Lions Green. The driver, a local man, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor from Sussex Air Ambulance team who attended by car.
Temperatures around -2°C and sheet ice hampered the approach of emergency services, and Furnace Lane had been closed beyond its junction with the A267 at Sharp’s Corner, Horam.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area and to beware of icy conditions generally.
Road temperatures are still below zero & will rise for a short time before dropping to -7 tonight. Gritters will be out later, take care.
— East Sussex roads (@esccroads) December 29, 2014
Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting Operation Parksbury.
Cyclist dies in Nutley:
Police are also appealing for witnesses after an elderly cyclist died in Nutley yesterday (Sunday 28th December). 79 year old Michael Long from Fairwarp suffered fatal injuries in the collision near the Nutley Service Station. The car driver, a 32-year-old man from East Grinstead, was unhurt. The A22 at Nutley was closed for six hours while emergency services dealt with the incident.
Photo of Gritters:
In October East Sussex Highways took delivery of 18 new gritters. The new vehicles, all 4×4 and have the latest safety technology. They also hold more salt and distribute it in a more efficient way – this means that they can operate for longer and more safely during cold weather conditions. The new gritters were all named by local schools with new monikers including Alicia Freeze, Gritter Garbo and Ctrl+Salt+Delete.