As previously reported by Island Echo, a motorcyclist has been flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance as a result of a head-on crash with a BMW 1-series on Ashey Road.
Emergency services rushed to the collision at just gone 16:30, with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance scrambled due to the severity of the injuries sustained – understood to be head and leg injuries.
Island Echo can reveal that a male has been arrested as a result of offences being identified by attending officers. He has been taken into custody at Newport Police Station and is due to be questioned.
It is currently unclear exactly what the male has been arrested on suspicion of and whether it directly relates to the cause of the crash, but Hampshire Constabulary has been approached for a statement.
Collision investigators from the mainland are conducting an examination of the crash scene between East Ashey Lane and Brading Down Road. The road is expected to remain closed for several hours to allow a full investigation to take place and for the recovery of the vehicles involved.
Motorists should avoid the area, diverting via Havenstreet or Wootton.
The male casualty is currently being assessed and treated at Southampton General Hospital’s major trauma centre having been flown directly from the roadside by the air ambulance.
UPDATE @ 19:45 – The road has now re-opened in both directions.
UPDATE SUNDAY – Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed that a 36-year-old man from Newport has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit of a controlled drug.
He has been released under investigation whilst drug analysis takes place.