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Head-on collision on A23 in East Sussex

Two cars collided head-on in the early hours of this morning (Monday 14 June 2010) on the A23 in East Sussex, resulting in six people being taken to hospital.

SIMCAS doctor Alan Pearce was called to a serious head-on collision which occurred at about 00.15 outside the Black Lion pub on the A23 in Patcham, Brighton. Six people, in two cars, were injured, including one woman who was trapped with serious leg fractures. SIMCAS mobilised a specialist doctor to provide advanced treatment at the scene at the request of South East Coast Ambulance service.

Dr Pearce said “She was very brave and I was treated her pain with strong pain killers and give her an anaesthetic whilst she was removed from the badly damaged car. I haven’t seen so many emergency vehicles needed at an incident for a long time and it was a real team effort by the emergency services to help treat the many injured people.”

One fireman sustained a head injury during the rescue and also needed hospital treatment.

Most of the casualties were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton but to reduce the workload on a single hospital, one casualty was taken to the Princes Royal Hospital at Haywards Heath

London Road was closed whilst police collision investigators examined the scene.

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