Man dies after driving his van over 60ft cliff and then plummeting on to the road below 

A man has died after his van plummeted nearly 100 feet off a cliff near a Brighton school.

Emergency services found the man alive at the bottom of the cliff east of Brighton marina near Roedean School, in East Sussex, at about 6.30am this morning. 

He was found inside his crumpled silver Vauxhall van which had smashed into the concrete walkway after falling off the cliffs above.     

A dog walker who asked not to be named said the crash looked like a ‘nasty accident’.  

They told the Brighton Argus: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

‘There were loads of emergency services at the scene. The top road was open with coastguards and police at the top. 

‘There were about three police cars there, a coastguard vehicle and the Brighton Beach Office vehicle.’

A Sussex police spokesman said: ‘On Sunday May 12, just after 6.30am, police were called to a silver coloured Vauxall van gone off the edge of the cliff east of the Marina and close to Roedean school.

‘Police, ambulance and fire services attended the scene. The driver sadly died a short while after. 

‘Next of kin have been informed.’

Part of the walkway will be closed until police finish investigating the death.  

Witnesses are asked to call the police quoting CAD 28312/5.


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