Elderly woman involved in three-car crash at Heron’s Ghyll airlifted to hospital


Update:  Sussex Police are wanting people who witnessed a serious collision on the A26, between Uckfield and Crowborough, to contact them.

At about 3.35pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday 25th), a silver Volkswagen Golf travelling north was in a head-on collision with a red Nissan Note travelling south, which was also struck by a following car, a black Vauxhall Corsa.

The driver of the Nissan, a 70-year-old woman from Rotherfield, was given first aid by police officers until paramedics arrived.  She was trapped in her vehicle and had to be released by firefighters.

She was flown by the Air Ambulance to St George’s Hospital in London, where she is being treated for spinal injuries.  She is currently described as being in a critical but stable condition.

The drivers of the VW and the Vauxhall, a 33-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells, and a 63-year-old man from High Hurstwood, respectively, each sustained whiplash injuries.  Both were taken to Pembury Hospital but were not detained.

The A26 was closed for seven hours, Police diverted traffic via the B2026 through Duddleswell.   Two fire engines from Crowborough and Uckfield, three ambulance crews, and two paramedic cars and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance attended the scene.

Sergeant Peter Verney, of the Haywards Heath road policing unit, said:
We thank drivers for their patience and understanding while the road was shut.
Unfortunately, this was a serious incident and we would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who noticed any of the vehicles being driven shortly before the collision occurred.
Anyone with information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Franklin.


There has been a serious accident on the A26 at Heron’s Ghyll between Crowborough & Uckfield this afternoon (Thursday 25th).

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called at 3.38pm.  Two fire engines from Crowborough and Uckfield fire stations were dispatched to the scene.East Sussex Fire Rescue badge

The road is still currently closed (6pm) in both directions at Perrymans Lane.

Three vehicles were involved in the collision.  An elderly female was released from one of the cars by firefighters.

Two people have been taken to hospital, a man to Pembury, and a woman to St George’s in South London.  There is no further information about their condition at this time.

Buses on the 28/29 service between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton are being diverted over the Ashdown Forest via Maresfield and Duddleswell.

Keep up to date with the travel situation here: www.bbc.co.uk/travel/sussex.



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  1. Well done Crowborough Life for reporting this so promptly – saved me a frustrating journey this evening, I was able to take evasive action. Thankyou.

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