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PC injured in A27 Falmer collision still in hospital

News   •   Sep 27, 2019 15:13 BST

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a police officer was seriously injured when he was hit by a passing car on the A27 north of Brighton.

The Constable from the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit sustained serious leg injuries and is currently receiving further hospital treatment.

The eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Falmer was closed shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday (25 September) when the officer was struck by the car, a white Lexus RX saloon car.

The 38-year-old Eastbourne woman who was driving the car was unhurt.

The officer had been helping at the scene of a broken down lorry on one of the lanes of the carriageway since 7.35pm when he was struck by a passing vehicle just as the lorry was about to move again.

The collision is not being treated as a deliberate act and anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Fenwick.

Investigators are particularly keen to hear from anyone travelling along that stretch of road and nearby shortly before the collision, and would like to see any dash cam footage available, which will help provide a better understanding of the traffic conditions at the time.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, who has not been arrested, is co-operating with the investigators.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said:"The officer is very grateful for the many expressions of support and best wishes. It was a very serious injury but we hope that he will make a steady though slow recovery. This is another example of the risks to which our colleagues are exposed as they work to keep the public safe round the clock."

Author: Tim Mahony
Ref: SXP55463/2019

We are not currently naming the officer.