A 23-year-old man is in hospital in a critical but stable condition after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree in Crawley Down. The incident happened on Hophurst Lane in Crawley Down at around 3.40am this morning.
The driver suffered serious injuries. He was flown to St George's Hospital in London by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance.
Hophurst Lane at Crawley Down was closed between its junctions with Fermandy Lane and Burleigh Way for more than four hours while emergency services were at the scene. Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.
"Anyone who saw what happened or who may have seen the car being driven shortly before the collision is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , quoting Operation Custodian.
"In particular, we would like to hear from a taxi driver who may have dropped off the driver and some of his friends in Crawley Down shortly before this collision occurred. The taxi driver and the injured driver's friends may have valuable information that could help with our enquiries and we would urge them to come forward."
"I would also like to thank anyone whose journeys were affected by the road closure for their patience and understanding."
More top news
Did Father Christmas bring you an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone for you to fly last night?
Lemurs and Emperor Tamarins at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been joining in the festive spirit.
Lucy has the Christmas Eve forecast for the east of the Meridian region.