Woman who died in crash near Uckfield named by police

Updated: 12.45pm, June 19

A 59-year-old woman died at the scene of a three-vehicle crash on the outskirts of Uckfield on Saturday morning.

She was named on Wednesday by police as Mrs Anna Maria Szalc, of Lancaster Gardens, Kingston Upon Thames.

The collision was on the A22 near to the junction of the A272 on the outskirts of Maresfield.

Sussex Police said a grey Ford Mondeo Estate being driven by a 64-year-old man from Kingston Upon Thames was travelling north on the A22 when it collided with a white Ford Transit van being driven by a local man, aged 49.

Having collided with the southbound van, the Ford Mondeo then collided with a southbound silver Mercedes C320 being driven by a 59-year-old man from Croydon.

Mrs Szalc, a passenger in the Ford Mondeo died at the scene. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

Occupants from the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed while specialist officers examined the scene.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher from East Sussex Road Policing said: “This is a tragic incident, our thoughts are with the family of the deceased. I would like to thank motorists for their patience.”

He also on Twitter thanked “those that helped”.

Anyone who may have seen the collision is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Ankara or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was despatched from a base at Marden and landed on the road, next to the incident.

Two Uckfield fire crews and South East Coast Ambulance Service also worked to help the trapped and injured.

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