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Dozens injured in M23 pile-up involving at least 15 vehicles

At least 40 people have been injured after the crash on the motorway
At least 40 people have been injured after the crash on the motorway - EDDIE MITCHELL

Dozens of people have been injured after a collision involving multiple cars on the M23.

The motorway was closed in both directions after at least 15 vehicles crashed during rush hour near Pease Pottage in West Sussex.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 5.40pm and the ambulance service is treating multiple casualties, Sussex Police said.

The incident happened between junctions 10 and 11 on the motorway which links London to Brighton. Both of those junctions on the northbound sign remain closed.

Four people have been taken to hospital and around 34 people are being treated by the ambulance service, with no life-threatening injuries, police said.

The K2 leisure centre in Crawley is being used as a triage site
The K2 leisure centre in Crawley is being used as a triage site - EDDIE MITCHELL

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “The M23 is closed both ways between J10 and J11 after a collision involving around 15 vehicles.

“Emergency services were called at 5.40pm and the ambulance service is treating multiple casualties.

“Please avoid the area and expect disruption.”

The smash at Pease Pottage closed the busy M23 in both directions, though the southbound lane has now reopened. The northbound lane is expected to remain closed for several hours.

At least one more major accident has been reported in Sussex as heavy rain continued to lash the south coast.

Fire engines were seen attending another incident eastbound on the A27.