Driver in motorway pile-up arrested

A MAN has been arrested after four people were injured in a
motorway crash when a stationary car was hit by two other vehicles.

Emergency crews were called to the southbound stretch of the M23 at junction 9 near Gatwick at about 4.12am yesterday following the crash involving a silver Mercedes C220 saloon car, which is believed to have been stationary, a green Honda Accord saloon and a silver Renault Megane, Sussex Police said.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had to cut one man free from one of the vehicles and all four casualties were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, East Sussex.

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The police spokesman said a 40-year-old man from Slough, Berkshire, who was the sole occupant of the Renault, is in a critical condition with internal injuries.

He said: “A man and a woman in the Honda, both from Crawley, were both injured, one seriously and one slightly, and both have since been discharged from hospital.”

The driver of the Mercedes was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

The spokesman said: “Having been released from hospital he is currently being questioned by police.”

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The northbound carriageway remained open throughout the incident but the southbound carriageway was closed between Gatwick and Crawley until 12.30pm.

Sergeant Neil Walker said: “The extensive scene has been examined and the cars have been removed.

“Police and Highways Agency are grateful for the patience of drivers whilst diversions were in place.”

The investigation is at an early stage but anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Oyster.