A teenage motorcyclist has been seriously injured as a result of a collision with a car in Ashey on the outskirts of Ryde this afternoon (Saturday).
Emergency services are currently in attendance on Ashey Road, as it climbs up onto The Downs, having been called to the scene shortly after 16:30.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is inbound to assist with the treatment of the injured rider.
A red BMW 1 series appears to have been involved in the crash.
The road has been closed in both directions by Police as medics tend to be injured rider.
UPDATE @ 17:15 – The air ambulance has in the last few moments touched down in a field close to the scene of the collision.
Flying doctors are now assessing the motorcyclist and determining whether or not they require treatment at a mainland hospital. They are working alongside paramedics and a duty officer from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.
The road is likely to remain closed between East Ashey Lane and Brading Downs Road for some time as Police investigate the circumstances of the collision.
UPDATE @ 18:00 – Island Echo is told that the 17-year-old motorcyclist has sustained potentially life-changing injuries and is to be flown to Southampton General Hospital.
The Collision Investigation Unit from the mainland has been requested at the scene and they are currently en-route to the Island. The road is likely to remain closed well into this evening.
UPDATE @ 18:19 – The air ambulance has lifted off from Ashey and is flying the seriously injured biker to Southampton.
UPDATE @ 19:10 – A man has been arrested at the scene of the crash by attending officers, Island Echo can reveal.
Read more on the arrest at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/arrest-made-at-scene-of-serious-head-on-motorcycle-crash/.
UPDATE @ 19:40 – Ashey Road has re-opened in both directions, according to Police.