UPDATED: A road traffic collision involving a telegraph pole and a Mini has resulted in building damage and the closure of Pallance Road in Cowes this evening (Tuesday).
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are on scene at the junction with Wyatts Lane, where a modern Mini has crashed into a telegraph pole and come to rest in the driveway of a family home.
The top of the pole has splintered in the incident, leaving live wires hanging above the carriageway. Engineers from Southern and Scottish Electricity Networks are on scene.
In addition to the electricity cable hazard, the crashed vehicle has collided into 2 cars on a driveway. The parked cars have been shunted into the corner of a bungalow resulting in building damage. The Isle of Wight Council’s Building Control Team have been notified.
The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are also in attendance with 2 ambulances and an officer. Although no one has been injured, an unwell gentleman in a bedroom at the front of the property has been assisted to the rear of the building.
Emergency services were alerted to the incident at just before 19:45.
UPDATE @ 20:58 – Island Echo understands the driver of the vehicle fled the scene in the direction of Place Road, where Police have now detained 2 males. However, Police are yet to attend the crash scene itself.
UPDATE @ 21:5 – Pallance Road remains closed in both directions as engineers continue to make safe the damaged electricity cables.
SSEN have a number of resources on scene and are expected to replace the telegraph pole and restore a normal supply as soon as possible.
Firefighters from Newport have now left the scene in control of the Police, who are arranging recovery.
It has been confirmed that the bungalow has not been seriously damaged, but as a precaution the room nearest the collision is not being used overnight.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY – The family at the center of last night’s incident are today counting the costs, with 2 cars written off and significant damage sustained to their home.
Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a 19-year-old male of no fixed abode has been arrested in connection with the incident, alongside an 18-year-old man and a 43-year-old man – both from Cowes.
This photo reveals the extent of the damage to the vehicles.