Car driven wrong way along A23 near Handcross Hill

A car has been driven the wrong way along the A23 in West Sussex in what police have described as a potentially catastrophic incident.

Several cars swerved to avoid the small hatchback vehicle near Handcross Hill on Tuesday morning, Sussex Police said.

One car was forced off the northbound carriageway and overturned.

Officers said the 17-year-old girl in the overturned car escaped with minor injuries. The driver of the hatchback did not stop at the scene.

Pc Neil Cox said: "This could have been catastrophic.

"We are hoping that other drivers who had to swerve to avoid the car will contact us.

"The teenager driving the Polo escaped with minor injuries but obviously she is very shaken from the experience."

He said the vehicle, which was possibly a Toyota Yaris, narrowly missed several cars before leaving the A23 at Warninglid, at about 0830 GMT.

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