Debris has been left scattered as a result of the Heavy Goods Vehicle and trailer rolling down the steep hill before clipping a bank, veering off to the right, wiping out a wooden fence and continuing across a field into woodland.
It is thought an issue with the vehicle’s handbrake resulted in the unit uncontrollably running away from the driver as he looked on helplessly.
No one has been injured as a consequence of the incident, which took place late this afternoon.
The lorry and dual trailer unit are firmly wedged in the trees surrounding Southern Water’s Shanklin site.
Island Echo understands that a complex recovery operation is to begin tomorrow morning, which may result in the closure of the road between Shanklin and Ventnor.
The road remans open in both directions tonight.
UPDATE FRIDAY @ 07:06 – Cowleaze Hill is to close at 10:30 this morning to allow the recovery of the lorry to take place.
Southern Vectis say that their Route 3 buses will divert from Trinity Church, Ventnor via Upper Ventnor and Wroxall in both directions.
It is unknown how long the road will remain closed for.
UPDATE FRIDAY @ 19:20 – A3055 Coweleaze Hill has now reopened to traffic following the successful recovery of the lorry.
The road has been closed for just shy of 9 hours.
Southern Vectis’ route 3 buses have now returned to their normal line of route.