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ICY ROADS CAUSE COLLISION CHAOS

bradingroadcarrollicyUPDATED: Emergency services are continuing to respond to a number of road traffic collisions this morning (Sunday) as icy road conditions catch a number of drivers out.

Two appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are currently attending a single vehicle collision on Brading Road, Ryde where a car has ended up on its side after hitting a street light, reportedly trapping one person. Island Echo understand the car was travelling towards Ryde.

The road remains open in both directions, however the arterial route between Ryde and Brading is being described as an ice rink. Two other vehicles and a motorcycle have also become victims of the icy stretch this morning, with the motorcyclist sliding off of his moped under braking.

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UPDATE @ 09:45 – Firefighters from Ryde Fire Station have now left the scene after securing the vehicle for safety and assisting in the safe removal of a patient from the vehicle, who is now in the hands of paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

bradingroadcarrollicypump2On the other side of the Island, two vehicles have come to rest on their roofs on Whitwell Road near Godshill and another between Cranmore and Yarmouth in the West Wight. On the Middle Road between Newport and Freshwater, several vehicles have come to rest in ditches lining the road.

Hampshire Constabulary are also warning motorists to take care on the main road between Niton and Rookley.

Lushington Hill, Bembridge Embankment and the main Newport to Shorwell road are also icy say readers.

Wootton Bridge was closed by Police for a short period shortly after 07:00 when a group of friends were involved in a collision, shortly followed by another two vehicles, one of which crashed into the bus shelter outside The Sloop. The closure resulted in the suspension of Southern Vectis Route 9 buses.

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Motorists are being urged to take extreme care on the Island’s roads this morning, especially on more rural routes and in areas covered by hedge rows and trees.

Island Roads LogoUPDATE @ 11:47 – Island Roads have issued a statement to Island Echo this morning following concerns from readers that gritters were not deployed overnight.

A spokesperson said:

“We base our decisions to grit roads on the Island on the three weather forecasts that we receive each day from the Met Office.  These forecasts are developed specifically for road surface temperatures on the Island and are monitored by highly trained engineers.   On the basis of forecasts received from the Met Office in the last 24 hours, including one at 05.30am, which indicated that temperatures would remain above freezing, gritters were not deployed. However at 6.30am when it became apparent that ice had indeed formed on roads in some locations, our gritters were immediately deployed to treat those roads.

“Island Roads takes the safety of road users extremely seriously as we have demonstrated on numerous occasions and we are disappointed to find that the Met Office forecasts were not accurate on this occasion and will be investigating this further.”

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