Man critical after van 'surfing' fall in Worthing

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Image caption The injured man may have been "surfing" on a van, Sussex Police said

A man left in a critical condition after falling from a van in West Sussex may have been "surfing" on the vehicle.

The 26-year-old suffered serious head injuries after falling from the van as it was driven in Charmendean Road, Broadwater, Worthing, on Sunday.

Police said the victim was "possibly surfing", a term used for a person standing on a moving vehicle.

He was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. The van driver is being questioned by police.


The 27-year-old, from Goring-by-Sea, was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving, driving without care and attention and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, after the incident which happened at about 23:00 BST.

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Media captionPolice said the victim was "possibly surfing"

He was released on bail until 24 June, Sussex Police said.

The injured man from Lancing is in hospital in Southampton in a critical but stable condition.

A Sussex Police spokesman said they could not confirm if the man was standing up or lying down on the van and were trying to establish exactly what happened.

Sgt Stewart Goodwin, of the Arundel road policing unit, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who may have information about exactly where the casualty was prior to being injured."

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