Police at a road block on the A22 at East Hoathly last night. Picture: Dan Jessup.

17-year-old Uckfield girl dies in collision

Police say a 17-year-old Uckfield girl has died following a collision on the A22 at East Hoathly.

Emergency services were called to the southern end of the East Hoathly by-pass, close to the Thatch Garage, at 9.18pm last night, but the 17-year-old pedestrian was declared dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher from the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: “It appears that the girl, who is understood to have attended the East Hoathly bonfire celebrations, may have been in collision with two vehicles, a Scania lorry and a Vauxhall Insignia, and we are now appealing for witnesses to assist our enquiries into the circumstances.

“We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen a teenage girl in a red puffa-style jacket and dark leggings in the area in the time leading up to the collision.”

The A22 closed from Halland crossroads to the north and the B2124 Laughton road junction to the south was closed while recovery and collision investigation work was carried out and reopened around 4am today.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have any information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gorse.


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