Breaking News First reported by Island Echo

CAR FIRE BLOCKS WHITWELL TO VENTNOR ROAD

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with a car fire on the main Whitwell to Ventnor road this morning (Saturday).

A vehicle has caught alight on Whitwell Road near to St Lawrence Shute, prompting the mobilisation of 1 fire appliance from Ventnor Fire Station.

Motorists are advised that the road is currently impassable in both directions. All traffic should therefore divert via Wroxall and Godshill.

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Southern Vectis say that the 10:14 Route 6 Pine Point to Newport has had to divert and therefore there will be considerable delay to this route.

UPDATE @ 10:43 – Firefighters have now extinguished the fire and remain on scene damping down.

No one has been injured and the road is expected to be clear shortly.

UPDATE – Traffic management has been put in place due to the fire’s temperature causing damage to the road surface.

A hedge has also been badly burnt.

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