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Sussex Police launch inquiry after teenage girl fatally injured

Emergency services were called to the scene at 9.18pm

A teenage girl has died following a collision on the A22 at East Hoathly.

Emergency services were called to the southern end of the East Hoathly by-pass, close to the Thatch Garage, at 9.18pm last night.

The 17-year-old girl from Uckfield was sadly declared dead at the scene. Her relatives have been informed.

"It appears that the girl, who is understood to have attended the East Hoathly bonfire celebrations, may have been in collision with two vehicles, a Scania lorry and a Vauxhall Insignia, and we are now appealing for witnesses to assist our enquiries into the circumstances.

"We are particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen a teenage girl in a red puffa-style jacket and dark leggings in the area in the time leading up to the collision."

– Sgt Dan Pitcher, Sussex Police

The incident caused considerable disruption with the A22 closed from Halland crossroads to the north and the B2124 Laughton road junction to the south.

The road remained closed while recovery and collision investigation work was carried out and reopened around 4am on Sunday.