A MOTHER who crashed into a central reservation after suffering a medical episode at the wheel escaped unhurt with her two young children on Tuesday.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash in Grinstead Lane, Lancing, opposite the Harvester restaurant, at just after 12.30pm.
Firefighters assisted paramedics in giving first aid to the family before the mother and one of her children were taken to Worthing Hospital for a check-up. Neither were seriously injured.
The car had been driving south when it is believed the driver was taken ill at the wheel and lost control of the vehicle.
Firefighters said it was lucky the car had hit a lamppost or it could have collided head-on with oncoming traffic on the other side of the road.
The lamppost was knocked over in the crash, and a large amount of diesel spilled onto the road, which had to be closed for around two hours while the debris was cleared.
This picture was snapped by Lancing resident Martin Bloomfield, who lives and works nearby.
He said that Grinstead Lane seemed to be a problem area for accidents, and that many went unreported.
To make the stretch of road safer, Mr Bloomfield suggested a 20mph speed limit, something that has already been considered by Lancing Parish Council.
The idea was met with mixed reaction from motorists and residents when discussed by the council in December.