VIDEO: Steyning couple seriously hurt in crash

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A STEYNING couple suffered serious injuries when their car crashed into a ditch and was partially submerged in water.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash on the B2135 Needs Hill, north of Partridge Green, which happened shortly after midday on Monday.

The scene of the crash PICTURE: EDDIE MITCHELL

The scene of the crash PICTURE: EDDIE MITCHELL

The driver, an 86-year-old man from Steyning, and his wife, 82, who was the front seat passenger, both suffered serious injuries and had to be cut free by firefighters.

The couple were travelling in their blue Jaguar X-type estate, which was heading north towards West Grinstead and travelling behind a blue Holland tractor, close to the junction of the B2135 with Mill Lane.

Sussex Police said: “For an unknown reason, the Jaguar left the road and went into a water-filled ditch, colliding with a tree.”

The driver’s condition is stable but his wife remains critically ill. Both are receiving treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for multiple injuries.

Sergeant Phil Badman, road policing officer, said: “The road was closed for several hours following this incident.

“This inevitably caused long delays and I would like to thank drivers for their patience and understanding while emergency services were at the scene.

“I would ask anyone who saw what happened, or noticed the Jaguar being driven shortly before it left the road, to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Rogate.”