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tapnellrtcmapUPDATED: A 93-year-old man has died following a serious road traffic collision on Middle Road near Freshwater this morning.

As reported by Island Echo earlier today, two vehicles were involved in a collision near to Tapnell Farm shortly after 08:35. One of the vehicles involved ploughed into the side of a Southern Vectis school bus after colliding head-on with an on coming vehicle, a collision witnessed by a number of children who were traveling to Carisbrooke College at the time of the incident.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the unnamed 91-year-old unfortunately died as a result of his injuries after being airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

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A second driver involved, a 54-year-old woman driving a black Volkswagen Polo, sustained multiple fractures in the crash and is said to be in a stable condition at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport. Island Echo understands the care home worker has received injuries to her leg.

Sergeant Dave Sanderson, senior investigating officer from Shanklin Roads Policing Unit said:

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience to locals whilst the road has been closed but it is essential for a thorough investigation to be carried out into this very serious collision.

“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident and can help us establish a clear picture of the circumstances.”

It comes less than two weeks after 28-year-old Rachel Titley died in a serious road traffic collision on the outskirts of Yarmouth.

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY: Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed this morning that the 91-year-old who sustained fatal injuries in yesterday’s collision, is in fact 93. Next-of-kin are being notified.

Anyone with information can call 101 and ask for Sgt Sanderson, at Shanklin Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Doppio.

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