UPDATED: An elderly man has been rushed to hospital this lunchtime (Thursday) following a serious collision with a vehicle in Binstead.
It is understood the unknown man collapsed on the pavement beside Binstead Hill, before falling into the road and being hit by 7.5t John Lewis delivery lorry.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the road traffic collision between the junctions of Chapel Road and Arnold Road shortly after 11:30 this morning.
Island Echo readers reported a number of Police vehicles heading through Shanklin, Sandown, Brading and Ryde.
Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service attended to the gentleman at the roadside before transferring him to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, where he is said to be conscious and breathing. He is believed to have been seriously injured, however the full extent of his injuries are currently unknown.
Binstead Hill has been closed in both directions by Police, with traffic being diverted through Binstead estate, causing gridlock throughout.
Southern Vectis Routes 4 and 9 have been effected by this diversion, which will cause delays to the scheduled timetable.
If you are travelling from Newport to Ryde this afternoon, Island Roads are advising motorists to use the Downs Road.
UPDATE @ 12:50 – Binstead Hill has now reopened to traffic and the scene has been cleared.
UPDATED @ 16:15 – Police are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen the collision, as well as anyone who saw an elderly man walking in that area shortly before 11:30 this morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Dave Sanderson on 101.
It is now understood the man, aged in his late 90’s, has received several life-threatening injuries and is in a serious condition.