London to Brighton Veteran Car Run driver dies in crash

Posted On 03 Nov 2019 at 5:56 pm

A driver died during the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run today (Sunday 3 November) after crashing into a lorry on the M23.

Surrey Police said: “We can confirm that a man has sadly died following a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M23 near J7 Hooley this morning, 3 November.

“The collision, involving a car (1903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine) and an HGV, took place around 10am.

“The driver of the car, an 80-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the collision, and a female passenger has been taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

“Police have notified the man’s next of kin.

“The road has been closed in both directions and will remain so while we investigate the incident and enable the motorway to reopen. Please find alternative routes at this time.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision, or with any information which could assist our enquiries including dashcam footage, is asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident reference PR/P19255341.”

A spokesman for the Veteran Car Run said: “The car involved in this morning’s tragic incident on the M23 had been entered in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

“The car had left the route, which does not include the M23 where the collision took place.

“We are doing all we can to support the family concerned and are working with the police but we cannot comment any further at this stage.”

The annual run was started by TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh, with the first cars reaching Brighton seafront shortly after 10am.

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