A pair of elderly female passengers have been killed and four others are injured after a car crash on the A27 near Chichester.

Emergency services from Sussex and Hampshire, including an air ambulance, were called to the scene west of the Fishbourne roundabout at about 10.10pm.

Two cars – a white Ford Focus and a purple Renault Zoe – had left the road and crashed into trees alongside the eastbound carriageway.

An 80-year-old woman and a 75-year-old woman from Chichester, Sussex, who were passengers in the Zoe, were sadly pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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Emergency services at the scene of the crash near Chichester

The driver of the Focus – a 27-year-old man from Emsworth – suffered potentially life-threatening head injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital.

The other occupants of the Zoe suffered minor injuries and were taken to Portsmouth Hospital for treatment.

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A section of the eastbound carriageway was closed until about 8am on Friday (28 February) while recovery and investigation work was carried out at the scene.

Video shared on social media shows an air ambulance waiting to take off near the road, with numerous blue lights vehicles in the background.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, saw either of the cars in the time leading up to it or who has dash cam footage, is asked to email [email protected] quoting Operation Larkhill.