A 17-year-old boy has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital following last night’s (Saturday’s) serious road traffic collision between a car and a delivery van in Freshwater.
The teen has sustained 2 broken legs as a result of the incident on Afton Road, which occurred at around 20:30.
Fire appliances from Newport and Freshwater worked alongside a Co-Responder from Freshwater, the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police to extricate the young male from the badly-damaged car, alongside a 17-year-old female passenger.
The duo were rushed to St Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries ahead of the 17-year-old driver being transferred over to Southampton by air ambulance this morning.
The driver of the Tesco delivery van has escaped injury.
Calvin, the injured teenager’s father, has expressed his thanks to the work of the emergency services and staff at both St Mary’s and Southampton. In a note to the emergency services – which has been shared publicly with permission – he said:
“I truly thought our son was dead when we first arrived. Jos was airlifted to Southampton this morning by the wonderful air ambulance. They are spending sometime getting him stable as he has broken both femurs and one is open. Internally all checks are clear.
“My wife and I are in absolute bits as he is a lovely nipper who wouldn’t hurt anyone. Thank you again to you and all of your colleagues.”
Joanna, the mother of the teenage passenger, Bryony, has also praised the emergency services for their efforts. Joanne has said:
“Can I just express my gratitude as the mother of the female passenger. Amazing, every single one of you! Worst moment of my life ever and you guys were so on the money. Handled the situation and an hysterical me calmly. I can’t thank you enough.
“Bryony is doing a lot better. She’s had a rough day yesterday, she has a cannula in and is on a drip. She has three minor fractures but that’s all hopefully. She’s black & blue all over but we were worried about internal bleeding but she appears to be ok in that respect. Once again I can not thank you all enough.”