Biker injured after tree fall in West Sussex

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after she struck a fallen tree during windy weather in West Sussex.

The woman, believed to be aged 21, came off her bike after she hit a branch from a tree that had recently fallen on to the A2037 Henfield Road, Small Dole.

A car then struck the bike but avoided the motorcyclist. The driver was not hurt during the incident on Thursday.

Sussex Police said the woman was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with leg and head injuries.

A spokesman added: "Emergency services were called to the A2037 at Henfield Road, Small Dole, at 7.37am on Thursday 5 January after a female motorcyclist had collided with the branch of a tree which had recently fallen into part of the carriageway.

"She fell off the bike which then fell on her leg causing an injury which is not currently assessed as life threatening.

"A car then hit the bike, but not the motorcyclist. No other vehicles were involved and nobody else has been injured."

Fallen trees

Strong winds and stormy weather have also caused disruption to rail services in Sussex.

Image caption Surfers in Shoreham Harbour during the recent severe weather (Photo: Eddie Mitchell)

In a statement, Southern Railway said: "High winds and rain continue to cause disruption across the south of England.

"Journeys between Arundel and Horsham are being delayed by up to 20 minutes after an obstruction was removed from the line at Billingshurst."

Fallen trees have also shut roads in Adversane and Worthing.

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