Update on Friday, June 26, 10am: Police are asking witnesses to a three-car crash at Herons Ghyll, between Uckfield and Crowborough, to come forward.
The crash closed the A26 for seven hours yesterday, Thursday, June 25.
A silver Volkswagen Golf travelling north was in 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, near Crowborough, 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 Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London, where she has been detained with spinal injuries. She is currently in a critical but stable condition.
The drivers of the VW and the Vauxhall, a 33-year-old man from Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and a 63-year-old man from High Hurstwood, Uckfield, respectively, each sustained whiplash injuries. Both received hospital treatment but were not detained.
The collision occurred at 3.35pm and while the A26 was closed traffic was diverted via the B2026 through Duddleswell.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting Operation Franklin.
Update on Friday, June 26, 7am: The A26 was re-opened late last night after being closed following a three-car crash.
Our original story: The A26 is closed between Uckfield and Crowborough near Perrymans Lane, Herons Ghyll, after an accident this afternoon (June 25).
Two people have been taken to hospital, one in London.
A man has been taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and a woman is being taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London. Their conditions are not known at this time.
Severe delays are expected as the road is closed in both directions with diversions in place. Most people are travelling via the Ashdown Forest with slow traffic in much of the surrounding area.
The Sussex Police Forensic Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Unit has been deployed to the three-car crash.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended with two fire engines from Uckfield and Crowborough and one officer. They were mobilised to the incident at 3.38pm.
Crews released one elderly woman into the care of Sussex East Coast Ambulance Service.
Brighton and Hove 29 service buses are being diverted via Maresfield and Duddleswell.
Perrymans Lane links High Hurstwood with the A26.
*The speed limit on this stretch of the A26 was recently reduced to 40mph.