Arrest after M23 crash near Gatwick Airport injures four

A Surrey man has been arrested after a crash on the M23 near Gatwick which injured three and left another man in a critical condition.

Emergency teams were called to the scene near junction nine on the southbound M23 at 04:15 BST, Sussex Police said.

A stationary car was hit by two other cars in the incident, officers added.

The southbound M23 was shut causing tailbacks to junction eight for Reigate on the M25, but reopened later.

The crash involved three cars, a Mercedes C220 saloon, a Honda Accord and a Renault Megane, and it is believed the Mercedes was stationary at the time of the incident, Sgt Neil Walker said.

He said the Mercedes driver, a 22-year-old man from Shepperton, Surrey, had been arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and being unfit to drive through drink and drugs.

He was taken to hospital and later released, and was being questioned by police, he added.

Man cut free

A 40-year-old man from Slough, Berkshire, the only person in the Renault, was in hospital in a critical condition with internal injuries, Sgt Walker said.

Two people who were in the Honda, a man and a woman from Crawley, were both injured, one seriously and one slightly, and both have been discharged from hospital.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had to cut one man free from the wreckage. All four people were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Police closed the southbound M23 immediately after the crash to carry out forensic investigations. It fully reopened at about 12:30 BST.

Anyone who saw the crash has been asked to contact Sussex Police.

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