Elderly Steyning woman ‘critically ill’ after ditch crash


An elderly woman from Steyning remains ‘critically ill’ in hospital after a car crashed into a ditch north of Partridge Green on Monday (February 9).

Both the driver, an 86-year-old man, and his wife, 82, suffered serious injuries in the collision on the B2135 Needs Hill and were taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “The driver’s condition is stable but his wife remains critically ill.”

Firefighters rescued the couple with hydraulic rescue equipment from their blue Jaguar X-type estate following the incident at about 12.10pm.

Police said the Jaguar was heading north towards West Grinstead and travelling behind a blue Holland tractor, close to the junction of the B2135 with Mill Lane.

The car left the road and crashed into a water-filled ditch and hit a tree.

The couple were fully conscious on arrival of paramedics, a spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) said.

They were treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton ‘as a priority’, the SECAmb spokesperson added.

Road policing officer Sergeant Phil Badman 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.”