Brighton and Hove commuters face rush-hour delays after crash closes M23

Posted On 19 May 2015 at 10:41 am

Commuters from Brighton and Hove faced diversions and delays after a crash closed the M23 this morning (Tuesday 19 May).

The accident happened shortly after 7am when a flat-bed van and a crane crashed on the northbound slip road at Junction 10a at Maidenbower between Gatwick and Pease Pottage.

Sussex Police said: “Both drivers are reported to be injured and both southbound and northbound carriageways are being closed to allow the air ambulance to land.

“Sussex Police are asking drivers to avoid that area, follow diversions, or allow extra time if possible for the time being.”

An air ambulance landed on the southbound carriageway and took the 50-year-old van driver to St George’s Hospital in south London.

An ambulance took his male passenger to the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.

Their conditions were not assessed as life-threatening at the scene.

The driver of the crane was not believed to be seriously hurt.

The southbound side of the M23 and lanes 2 and 3 of the northbound carriageway were open again by 8.20am, Sussex Police said.

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