UPDATED: Man seriously hurt in horsebox crash at Burwash Common

A KENT man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the van he was driving collided with a horsebox in Burwash Common this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the A265 at 2.25pm on Tuesday May 7 after the eastbound van collided with a car towing a horse box in the opposite direction.

The van driver, believed to be a Kent man in his sixties, was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in south London with very serious injuries.

The woman driving the horse box received slight injuries not requiring hospital treatment and her female passenger was badly shaken but unhurt.

The horse box and towing car left the road and went into an adjacent field and horses were trapped for a time but were released and are understood to be unhurt.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Anyone who saw the crash is asked to call us on 101 quoting Operation Tarrant, or email us at ‘collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk’.

“The A265 has been closed in both directions and drivers are advised to avoid the Burwash Common area if possible.

“We thank drivers for their patience at this time while the scene is cleared and the cause is investigated.”