Family’s car hit by vehicle driven wrong way along A27

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Five members of a family were taken to hospital after their car was hit by a vehicle being driven at high speed the wrong way along the A27.

The horrific accident happened at the Emsworth turn-off on the eastbound carriageway of the A27.

Investigators at the scene of the crash on the A27. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Investigators at the scene of the crash on the A27. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

A black Volkswagen Passat had been stolen just after 8pm from a sports centre in Horsham, West Sussex, and was soon after spotted and pursued by Sussex Police.

But the Passat’s driving became so dangerous they had to call off the pursuit just before Chichester.

Colleagues from Hampshire Roads Policing Unit were alerted and the road was closed as the vehicle started travelling west along the eastbound carriageway from Chichester heading towards Emsworth.

There were unconfirmed reports that it reached speeds of up to 100mph. The vehicle eventually stopped at 8.40pm at the Emsworth turn-off and crashed into a black Volkswagen Golf carrying the family.

The occupants of the stolen vehicle fled the scene but one was eventually arrested. The other is still at large.

Firefighters from Cosham and Havant had to cut off the roof of the Golf to free the family and they were taken to hospital by waiting paramedics. They suffered minor injuries.

Traffic going eastbound was diverted through Havant town centre and back on to the A27 at the Emsworth junction.

Superintendent Di Roskilly, from Sussex Police, said: ‘Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in this incident, but many people witnessed this car driving extremely dangerously and at high speeds along a busy road and on occasions on the wrong side of the road.

‘We have arrested one man but suspects are still being sought. Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1434 of 8/6.’

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