Emergency services were called to the scene outside the Osborne House entrance at around 23:15, after reports were received of an artic lorry overturning on the main road between East Cowes and Whippingham.
Locals in the town reported hearing a loud ‘boom’ as the lorry tipped over, sparking concern among residents.
Firefighters from East Cowes Fire Station are assisting at the scene alongside Police from the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit. Engineers from Southern and Scottish Energy have also been called to the scene to inspect a pelican crossing lamp post.
UPDATE @ 01:30 – Recovery of the lorry and trailer is underway this morning with heavy recovery specialists Stag Lane Motors co-ordinating the safe righting of the vehicle, which is believed to be carrying building materials.
York Avenue/Whippingham Road has been fully closed in both directions.
The contents of the trailer has been shed onto the pavement, which is due to be cleared by a Reynolds and Reads vehicle onto an awaiting secondary trailer.
The road is expected to be reopened ahead of this morning’s rush hour once the scene has been fully cleared.
It is currently unknown what caused the accident, however no other vehicles have been involved and speed is not believed to be a factor.
UPDATE @ 08:05 – Whippingham Road remains closed to traffic in both directions this morning whilst the scene of last night’s incident is cleared.
Motorists and Route 5 buses are continuing to be diverted via Saunders Way and Beatrice Avenue until further notice.
UPDATE @ 08:30 – The main road between East Cowes and Whippingham has now reopened in both directions.