Vintage car driver, 80, dies when his 1903 classic vehicle collides with HGV lorry on M23

One person has died after a 1903 vintage car collided with a HGV on the M23 in Surrey.

Police are currently at the scene where it is believed an 80-year-old has died after being thrown from the vehicle. 

The M23 in Surrey is closed in both directions between J7 (A23) and J8 (M25) due to the fatal collision.

An air ambulance and the London Fire Brigade were in attendance as well as paramedics from the South East Coast ambulance service.

The M23 Has been closed in both direction and is likely to remain closed for several hours

The M23 Has been closed in both direction and is likely to remain closed for several hours

The M23 Has been closed in both direction and is likely to remain closed for several hours

Northbound traffic is able to travel anti clockwise following the accident this afternoon

Northbound traffic is able to travel anti clockwise following the accident this afternoon

Northbound traffic is able to travel anti clockwise following the accident this afternoon 

It is understood that a person was thrown from a vehicle and hit the windscreen of a lorry that was part of the road works. 

It is thought the vehicle the victim had been travelling in was a 1903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine.

The accident comes as many car vans have travelled between London and Brighton for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Each year car enthusiasts drive their vintage rides – it is considered the most prolific retro car rally in the world. 

The stock image above shows the type of vehicle which is believed to have been involved in the crash, a 903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine (stock image above)

The stock image above shows the type of vehicle which is believed to have been involved in the crash, a 903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine (stock image above)

The stock image above shows the type of vehicle which is believed to have been involved in the crash, a 903 Knox Runabout Old Porcupine (stock image above)

Police officers are pictured on the scene as well as a Highway Maintenance vehicle (left)

Police officers are pictured on the scene as well as a Highway Maintenance vehicle (left)

Police officers are pictured on the scene as well as a Highway Maintenance vehicle (left) 

When it was first released it was capable of hitting a top speed of 35mph through its 8hp two-cylinder engine.

The four-seater vintage rear-wheel drive vehicle was designed by Harry A. Knox – one of the pioneers of the horseless carriage industry – and initially sold for $2,000.

In 2012, one of the surviving models was sold at auction through Bonham’s for $69,000 (around £53,000).

Knox produced approximately 1,000 vehicles in 1904, including two- and four-cylinder cars and trucks.

Traffic from M23 J7 can use the A23 southbound towards Gatwick, and then join the M23 southbound from J9A.

Northbound traffic can either travel anti-clockwise on the M25 to J6, then the A22 northbound to Purley.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours as investigation works continue.  

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