Multi-vehicle M23 crash sees six people rushed to hospital as air ambulance called

Six people have been taken to hospital after a “serious multi-vehicle collision” on the M23 that saw an air ambulance called to the scene. The crash was first reported around 11.45am on Thursday (April 18) and involved a minibus, a people carrier, and a HGV.

Complex recovery was needed following the incident which is said to have caused “extensive” damage to barriers on the road, according to travel service Inrix. National Highways confirmed traffic officers and recovery agents remained at the scene with lane closures in place for some time afterwards.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service said it had been called to reports of a collision on the M23[1] shortly after 11.30am. They confirmed multiple people had been taken to hospital for further treatment.

The M23 northbound between Junctions 9 and 8 was shut for nearly three hours on Thursday afternoon. Traffic was also held[4] on the southbound carriageway for up to an hour while an air ambulance was in attendance.

Surrey Police[5] has now launched an appeal for information connected to the accident. A spokesperson for the force said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the M23 northbound between Junctions 8 and 9 involving three vehicles this morning (Thursday, April 18).

“The collision occurred at around 11.45am and involved an HGV, a minibus and a people carrier. Six people have been taken to hospital. The motorway was closed northbound while officers dealt with the scene.”

The spokesperson added: “If you witnessed the collision, or have any dashcam or CCTV footage that might have captured all or part of the incident, please contact us.” This can be done online here[6] or by calling 101 and quoting reference PR/45240043193. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously at 0800 555 111.

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