UPDATE: Water bucket chain saves man in Battle burning car

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Water buckets were passed down a human chain to help save a man after his car caught fire when it crashed into a ditch in Battle yesterday afternoon (Monday, October 3).

Emergency services, including three fire engines, were called to Harrier Lane at its junction with Marley Lane at 2.30pm after the white Nissan 370Z GT Nismo sports coupe crashed.

The front seat passenger, a 29-year-old man from St Leonards, managed to get out despite sustaining serious injuries but the driver was trapped in the vehicle.

People who rushed to the scene formed a chain with buckets and used a garden hose to douse the flames before firefighters arrived to ensure the blaze was out and begin extracting the driver, a 49-year-old man from Battle.

He was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Ambulance and currently remains in a serious condition having suffered multiple injuries and burns.

The passenger was taken by ambulance to the Conquest Hospital where he was detained for treatment – he is understood to be in a stable condition.

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service team was mobilised to the incident and crews made the area safe for members of the public.

The incident resulted in traffic disruption and children awaiting collection from Battle and Langton Primary School were delayed.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Colemore.

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