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Highways worker dies after A24 collision

A highways worker has been killed after being hit by a car while working on the A24 at Ashington, West Sussex.

The 49-year-old man was named by Sussex Police as Anthony Saunders, from Lower Faircox in Henfield.

Mr Saunders was subcontracted to West Sussex Highways, a joint venture between West Sussex County Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places, and working as a traffic management operative.

Sussex Police said Mr Saunders was working in the road on the southbound carriageway of the A24 at Ashington when he was hit by a Peugeot 307 on Monday 12 August.

Emergency services were called at 2.30pm, but Mr Saunders died from his injuries at the scene.

In a statement, Balfour Beatty said: “It is with great sadness that Balfour Beatty can confirm the employee of a sub-contractor has died after being struck by a vehicle, while carrying out highways maintenance works on the A24.

“Balfour Beatty along with our client West Sussex County Council will be working with the police as they investigate the cause of this incident. As an investigation is now underway, we cannot comment further at this time.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Police said the driver of the car, a 58-year-old man from Worthing, was unhurt but shocked.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident, and Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses.

Sergeant Mel Doyle said: “Anyone who has any information or witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Op Copland.”

Last week, a worker was killed on a Redrow Housing construction site in Liverpool after being hit by a vehicle.

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