A POLICEMAN is recovering in hospital after being hit by a car in a major accident near Chichester.
The crash happened at 7.15pm last night on the B2145, Hunston Road.
The officer was carrying out a routine stop check and was talking to the driver of a red Ford Escort van that had pulled over on to the grass verge.
He was then hit by a Ford Fiesta Zetec travelling in the same direction, driven by a 30-year-old man.
The Fiesta Zetec was then involved in a further collision with a Ford Fiesta Titanium travelling in the opposite direction, driven by a 23-year-old woman.
Both drivers were trapped in their cars for a short time before being taken by ambulance to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester with minor injuries.
The policeman was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney, head of Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: ‘My officer was carrying out a routine patrol when this incident happened. He has suffered a hairline fracture to his pelvis, and remains in hospital in a comfortable condition.
‘His family are aware and Inspector Phil Nicholas from Chichester Road Policing Unit is investigating the circumstances around the collision.
‘I don’t underestimate how much of a shock this would have been for all those involved and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed it to please call 101 quoting Op Leicester.’
The road was closed for several hours.
Sussex police said they would like to thank drivers for their patience.