The incident, which occurred just before 12:30, has taken place at the junction with Blackwater Hollow, on the main Newport to Sandown road.
Island Echo understands a white Honda Jazz – thought to be turning into Blackwater Hollow at the time of impact – has come to a rest upside on its roof having been T-boned on the passenger side. A Suzuki 4×4, which is thought to have been travelling towards Newport, has sustained front end damage.
The road has been closed at Arreton from the junction with Downend Road. However, the road remains open for traffic heading out of Newport. Southern Vectis says that it’s Route 3 buses are unable to serve Rookley until further notice. Buses will instead divert via Merstone.
UPDATE @ 13:10 – The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has touched down at the roadside in Blackwater, indicating the severity of the incident. The yellow and green helicopter has landed in a field by Radcliffe’s fruit and veg.
So far 1 casualty has been conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital, with the extrication of 2 other casualties underway. It’s thought there may be a 4th casualty too. A dog, understood to be travelling in 1 of the vehicles, appears to have escaped injury.
A total of 4 fire engines from Newport, Cowes, Ryde and Shanklin are on scene alongside 3 ambulances and several Police units.
Southern Vectis Route 2 and 3 buses will now divert away from the area by operating via Mountjoy (Carisbrooke) and Highwood Lane (Rookley).
UPDATE @ 13:55 – At least 4 casualties have been tended to by paramedics, but no one is thought to have sustained any serious, life-threatening injuries. The air ambulance is now standing down from the incident and returning to its base in Andover, with all casualties conveyed by land to St Mary’s Hospital.
Firefighters from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have extricated occupants from both vehicles involved in this afternoon’s crash, by means of roof removal.
Recovery of the Honda and Suzuki is underway and the road is expected to re-open in due course.
UPDATE @ 15:13 – The road has now re-opened in both directions.