Driver still in ‘critical condition’ after A272 horror crash at Rogate

The scene of the crash on Thursday, March 9  PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL
The scene of the crash on Thursday, March 9 PICTURE BY EDDIE MITCHELL

A police spokesman told the Observer today (Wednesday, March 15): “The 59-year-old woman injured in a collision at Rogate on Thursday (March 9) remains in a critical condition in hospital.”

It was the second major car crash in the Midhurst area in less than a week after a 32 year man was killed on the A286 Easebourne to Fernhurst road four days earlier.

Police are now appealing for information about both crashes.

The A272 was closed for more than seven hours after the three vehicle crash west of Rogate at around 10am on Thursday close to the county border with Hampshire.

It involved a Renault box van, a Vauxhall Adam and a Peugeot 207.

A police spokesman said the driver of the Vauxhall, a 59-year-old woman from Waterlooville, Hampshire, suffered ‘serious, potentially life-threatening injuries’, and was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

As the Observer went to press yesterday the police spokesman said she remained in a ‘critical condition’.

The spokesman added the van, driven by a 37-year-old man from Burgess Hill, had rolled onto its side. He and the Peugeot driver, a 46-year-old man from Emsworth, Hampshire, were both injured and taken by ambulance to hospital.

Inspector Stewart Goodwin, of the Sussex and Surrey roads policing unit, said: “Anyone who saw what happened or noticed any of the vehicles involved being driven shortly before the collision is asked to get in touch.”

A 32 year old man from London died after another crash last Sunday on the A286 on Henley Hill in Easebourne. The accident is believed to have happened earlier on Sunday morning (March 5), but the emergency services were not alerted until 12.50pm after a silver Mercedes was spotted by a member of the public down a steep embankment. The road was closed for around six hours. Sgt Peter Verney, from the Sussex Police roads policing unit, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the Mercedes along the A286 or in Midhurst between 2am-9am on Sunday.”

Witnesses can email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting ‘Operation Chatham’ for the Easebourne crash or ‘Operation Thor’ for collision at Rogate