Motorcyclist, 47, killed in M23 crash at Crawley

A motorcyclist was killed when he was thrown from his bike into the path of oncoming traffic on the M23.

Sussex Police said Gary Robinson, 47, from Harlow, Essex, appeared to have lost control of his motorbike on the motorway at Crawley on Sunday.

The bike hit the central reservation before he was thrown on to the opposite carriageway and hit by a trailer being towed by a Mercedes Sprinter van.

The motorway was closed for several hours after the incident.

'Extremely distressing'

Officers believe Mr Robinson was travelling home from a motorcycle rally in Brighton when the crash happened at about 1600 BST.

Insp Andy Judson said it was not clear how he had lost control of the bike.

"The result was devastating and extremely distressing for the many people who witnessed the collision or its aftermath.

"I appreciate that this caused considerable disruption in the area, but it was a complex recovery, investigation and clean up operation and I should like to thank people for their patience and understanding."

He appealed for anyone with information about the accident to contact Sussex Police.

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