UPDATED: Fears that the driver of a car involved in a road traffic collision in Calbourne tonight (Wednesday) could be seriously injured has prompted a Police search of the area on both land and from the air.
The National Police Air Support helicopter from Dorset was tasked to assist officers from Hampshire Constabulary in conducting a search in Calbourne and the surrounding areas at around 23:30, after a gold Peugeot collided with a tree near to Calbourne Mill.
The damage sustained to the vehicle, which is believed to have been traveling towards Newport, has lead Police to raise concerns for the driver of the car, who may be suffering from serious or life-threatening injuries.
Motorists passing the incident have reported that the driver has fled the scene having amazingly escaped from the wreckage of the car, which is understood to be a Peugeot 307.
The Police helicopter has conducted an aerial search of the rural area, however has not located the wanted person.
Several Police units remain on the scene, however Middle Road remains open in both directions under Police direction.
UPDATE THURSDAY @ 10:55 – The Isle of Wight’s Road Policing Unit has this morning confirmed that the driver of the Pegeot 307 involved in last night’s crash has been located safe and well.
The driver has been described as ‘a very lucky person’ to walk away from the serious collision, as photographed above (Photo via @IOWPolRoads/Twitter).
It is understood the unnamed driver left the scene without informing emergency services of the collision, prompting the intensive search.
The Island’s RPU unit have said:
“If you do have a crash, please don’t just leave your car. Call the emergency services to avoid wasting resources searching for you.”