A27 Lewes petrol station crash woman 'found dead'

Local Fuels petrol station on the A27 near Lewes Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption A Toyota Aygo and a Renault Kangoo crashed at a petrol station near Lewes on Sunday

A female passenger found dead in her car after a crash at a Sussex petrol station may have died of natural causes before the collision.

A Toyota Aygo and a Renault Kangoo collided at the Local Fuels service station on the A27 near Lewes at about 11:00 GMT on Sunday,

The 74-year-old woman was found dead in the Renault while her husband, who was driving, was "unwell".

Sussex Police said the couple were not physically injured in the crash.

The 74-year-old driver was taken to hospital in Brighton in a serious condition. He is believed to have had an underlying medical condition.

The British nationals had arrived from France, where they live, hours before the crash.

"The woman passenger was sadly found to be dead and the man who was driving the car was unwell," a spokesman for Sussex Police said.

"The woman's death is being treated as unexplained."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later this week.

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