Road Closed at East Guldeford for Seven Hours

Police seek witnesses to crash involving a van and a lorry on the A259 near Rye

The A259 road on the Kent-Sussex border at East Guldeford, near Rye, was closed in both directions for almost seven hours on Wednesday (26 October).

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It followed a crash involving a van and a lorry. Traffic diversions were set up via Camber and Lydd.

A German-registered articulated lorry, travelling east towards the Channel Ports, and a red Ford Transit, travelling west, were in collision at around 4.45pm.

The van driver, a 50-year-old man from Hastings, and his passenger, a 40-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea, were released by fire and rescue crews.

Both men were taken by ambulance to the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent. The driver was subsequently transferred to King’s College Hospital, London.

A helicopter from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance attended and its doctors assisted with treatment of the casualties. Kent Police also assisted.

The lorry driver, who was transporting a cargo of kitchen goods, was unhurt.

Anyone who saw what happened or noticed either vehicle being driven shortly before the crash is asked to contact Sussex police.

They can do so by emailing [email protected] or phoning 101, quoting Operation Bartley.

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin Thursday 27 October 2016