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Police, Fire and ambulance crews are in attendance in Ventnor this morning (Thursday) where a delivery van has crashed into scaffolding.

The incident has occurred on Grove Road in the town and has involved a Mercedes Sprinter delivery vehicle belonging to Greencore.

Island Echo understands that the vehicle rolled down the steep hill and slammed into the scaffolding structure erected outside a residential property.

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The scaffolding has been shifted around 1ft down the road and has smashed into a neighbour’s window.

1 fire appliance from Shanklin is in attendance in the interests of safety, alongside Police.

The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are also on scene and are checking over the male driver of the van, who is not thought to have sustained any serious injuries.

It’s said that the driver was dragged by the vehicle’s door as it rolled backwards.

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Handbrake failure?


Doubtful that a Fire Engine from Shanklin was necessary. Glad the man’s not badly hurt

Bob Frapples

Another expert


Fire crews do not just deal with fire


Know that. perhaps not very concise, my point was from Shanklin, I guess Ventnor is only a part time station


Unbelievable! Once again, a job less than 3 minutes from Ventnor Fire Station and Shanklin has to turn out. God help Ventnors residents if something “major” happens in the day time. – I can’t remember a single time when this happened during the years I spent at Ventnor Station, except when we were on another “shout”.

isla wight

Back in the day when there were 20 firemen at the station you could virtually guarantee enough for the two pumps that were there, yes no problem. It’s a different set up now, not always enough crew in town so it’s not always available 24/7. There’s a drive to get more retained firefighters on at the moment, maybe mention it to anyone you think may want to apply.


You don’t have to tell me – I was one of those (in the Eighties). We had 2 proper appliances then, not 1 and a land- rover!


You can thank the government and lack of funding for the lack of firefighters

Joe Bloggs

Probably didn’t leave the vehicle in reverse gear.

Stephen Maturin


Paul Smith

Common occurrence in Grove Road. Car piled into India Cottage not so long ago. Vehicles travel up and down the road at ridiculous speed. The speed indicator is a joke. 20 mph !!! Police have never been bothered to set up a temporary speed trap despite St Catherines School being almost opposite this incident.

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