Release date: 19 August 2019
West Sussex drivers are being urged to avoid the ‘fatal four’ after a busy weekend for emergency services dealing with road traffic collisions.
Emergency services dealt with five serious road traffic collisions in 12 hours during Sunday night and Monday morning.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are reminding drivers ahead of the August bank holiday weekend that there are four common causes of road accidents in the UK – the ‘fatal four’.
• Inappropriate speed
• Using a mobile phone whilst driving
• Not wearing a seatbelt
• Drink/drug driving
The fire service is also encouraging drivers to carry out basic vehicle checks, such as checking tread depth and tyre pressure.
Adrian Murphy, Area Manager for Protection at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It was a busy end to the weekend for our crews and the other emergency services.
Please take care on the roads so we can avoid a repeat of the number of incidents we have experienced in the last few hours.
“It so important that people are aware and remind themselves about the ‘fatal four’ - speed, distraction, seatbelts and drink and drug use. It’s not worth the risk.”
The five serious incidents which West Sussex Fire & Rescue were called to were:
• The first incident occurred at 5.32pm on Sunday 18 August on Station Road, Warnham and involved two private cars. Two fire engines from Horsham and the Heavy Rescue Tender from Worthing attended the scene. Two people were handed into the care of SECAmb.
• Two fire engines were then called to a collision involving two private cars on Pagham Road, Pagham at 7.05pm. One person was extracted by crews using hydraulic rescue equipment.
• Crews later attended an incident at 8.43pm on the M23 involving a car and an articulated lorry. One person was extracted from the car with hydraulic rescue equipment and electrical saws. The road was closed in both directions.
• At 2.36am (19 August) crews from Chichester, Midhurst and Haslemere were called to a collision involving a car and a tree on the A286, Henley. A dog suffered serious leg injuries and one person was extricated using hydraulic rescue equipment.
• Crews then called to an RTC at 6.53am on the A27 between Havant and Chichester which involved a van and a tree. One fire engine from Chichester attended the scene as well as three from Hampshire.