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OVERTAKING FAIL SEES CAR CAREER INTO DITCH AT FOREST ROAD

A car has ended up in a ditch at a notorious junction on the outskirts of Newport this morning (Sunday) as a result of an overtaking manoeuvre gone wrong.

At just before 08:00, police and paramedics were called to the junction of Forest Road and Betty Haunt Lane with reports of a crash involving a Skoda Citigo and a Vauxhall Astra.

Island Echo understands that the silver Astra was travelling towards Newport and went to overtake the Citigo, which was turning right into Betty Haunt Lane.

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The 2 vehicles collided, sending the Astra off the road and into the ditch.

The Skoda has sustained significant front end damage.

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Thankfully, no serious injuries have been sustained but the incident has led to the partial closure of Forest Road.

Traffic heading towards the West Wight is being diverted via Middle Road whilst recovery of the vehicles takes place.

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Fiona G
Fiona G
1 month ago

And absolutely nothing to do with Takeover 2024!

John B
John B
Reply to  Fiona G
1 month ago

After having 2 Ford’s overtake me in the MIDDLE of Brading in the 20 mph doing probably 70, I’m supprised there were no accidents involving a Ford. The minority ruin it for the majority

Alan
Alan
Reply to  John B
1 month ago

We need speed cameras in Brading now, speeding is common and really needs to be addressed

fred
fred
Reply to  Fiona G
1 month ago

Loads of idiots in turned cars driving like nutters over the weekend. May not be fords but seems like all the 12 year old men need to show their car is the fastest.

mike
mike
1 month ago

Yet another one bites the dust, lost count how many accidents at that junction , they painted the road red to warn people but it didn’t make any difference. why not restrict speed to 20 mph just for that stretch approaching the junction and add a speed camera.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago

It’s a dangerous junction, nothing to do with the dorks in the cars…lol

Ffs
Ffs
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

The junction is fine, it’s ALL to do with the ‘dorks’ it’s their fault they drive like bell ends.

martin
martin
1 month ago

I wonder how old the Astra driver was and did he/she get their eyes tested at the scene? Just saying…

bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder
1 month ago

Absolute crap driving ..again..at least off the road for a while..might learn how to drive now..more wankers arriving soon.

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Island Echo understands that the silver Astra was travelling towards Newport and went to overtake the Citigo, which was turning right into Betty Haunt Lane

Remember mirror signal manoeuvre lucky it wasn’t a motorbike

Joe nash
Joe nash
Reply to  Ben
1 month ago

Personally I prefer signal, mirror to double check, then manoeuvre. A lot of drivers don’t bother to signal if they see nothing in the mirror but signals warn anyone that they HAVEN’T seen and signal help pedestrians waiting to cross. Some driver don’t bother to signal at roundabouts, signal in signal out even when going straight ahead.

Mitch
Mitch
1 month ago

What happened to no overtaking at junctions?

Teaurn
Teaurn
1 month ago

What sort of idiot overtakes a car turning right?

Joe nash
Joe nash
Reply to  Teaurn
1 month ago

What sort of idiot doesn’t signed that they are turning right ?

S Evans
S Evans
Reply to  Joe nash
30 days ago

How do you know what signals were given and by whom?

Beard
Beard
1 month ago

And it begins, probably will blame the conditions wet , foggy , etc etc.
PLEASE STOP RACING AROUND THE ISLE OF WIGHT BEFORE MORE PEOPLE DIE BECAUSE OF THIS IRRACT BEHAVIOUR.
The roads are not race tracks. Please slow down and drive with more care and attention.

Marcus
Marcus
Reply to  Beard
1 month ago

I saw no suggestion of speeding. It was simply some idiot overtaking a car that was turning right. Not a good idea when approaching a junction but possibly contributed to by a lack of indicator signal from the car turning right. Few island drivers seem to use indicators so it would not be surprising. The overall standard of driving on the island is parlous.

S Evans
S Evans
Reply to  Marcus
30 days ago

Or maybe the overtaking car was going too fast to do anything else?!

wtf
wtf
1 month ago

Another boy racer wannabe no doubt, more crap young drivers will be along soon.

Sloop John B.
Sloop John B.
1 month ago

Plenty of signs to say there is a crossroads here, plus slow signs on the tarmac.

Can not blame the junction this time, or at any time in the past.

The fault lies squarely with the overtaker.

JHVF
JHVF
1 month ago

Overtaking at or near road junctions is never a good idea. !!!

Mr S Morris
Mr S Morris
1 month ago

Any B’stard overtaking and putting other innocent motorists lives at risk
should be banned for life and banged up.

ExtraD
ExtraD
1 month ago

BAH! Middle road is much worse now, besides that 1 small patch leaving Carisbrook, maybe Island roads should just leave the roads alone

Jo blogs
Jo blogs
1 month ago

Many more braindead idiots will be along soon…

Freddie
Freddie
1 month ago

Speeding again,no patience and now no car, insurance will triple!, why would you overtake on a junction?. Oh silly me if course highway codes now states you can over take a vehicle turning right and undertake one turning left, government decision as not making enough revenue out of accidents!? What if car turning right was letting someone out first?.

Mr T
Mr T
1 month ago

We all sometimes make mistakes…I think an error of judgement on this occasion with that bad junction..remember what happened there before.. I hope the drivers are ok on this occasion

Speedygonzalez
Speedygonzalez
1 month ago

Love this bit of road can easily do a ton plus no probs.What are these muppets up to? Beep Beep see you Laterz.

No Fs given
No Fs given
1 month ago

For F### sake. Who in their right mind would even attempt to overtake at a crossroad. The bell end in the ditch needs taken out permanently. We don’t need people like that on this planet. What an absolute tool.

IsabelR
IsabelR
1 month ago

This junction needs a roundabout. Making everyone, from every direction, slow and observe, is the only way to tell these poor drivers not to overtake at this junction. That or traffic lights, and lights would be costly.

Ffs
Ffs
Reply to  IsabelR
1 month ago

This junction does NOT need a roundabout or traffic lights, people just need to slow down abit or leave earlier. It’s that simple.

Wightiink
Wightiink
1 month ago

Perhaps the one turning right didn’t bother to indicate, or check their mirrors, before turning..
(You really have to expect that, driving on the island)…

But it’s still a f’ing to stupid place to overtake..

Robot
Robot
1 month ago

Its amazing to see all these cars overtaking each other and end up crashing. Open your eyes. We live on an Island.Your not going anywhere….

ISlander
ISlander
1 month ago

What a ridiculous headline. “Overtaking fail”.

The fact is that if the citigo driver did not indicate, they are 100% at fault.

If they did indicate, they are still partially at fault for not checking their mirrors before the manoeuvre.

So more of a right turn fail than an overtaking fail.

Woodman
Woodman
Reply to  ISlander
1 month ago

No you cannot overtake near to or on any junction.

wtf
wtf
Reply to  ISlander
1 month ago

You braindead idiot.

JDF
JDF
Reply to  ISlander
1 month ago

 Clearly you are not a driver or have passed a driving test. If I am wrong you need to hand your license in, until you understand what governs safe driving standards. The Highway Code is a great little read.

Wightlink
Wightlink
Reply to  JDF
1 month ago

Yes,. Rule 167 (on Overtaking) says:DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example

  • approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road

However,.
Rule 180 (on Turning Right), also says:Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. …. Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken,

So I agree, YOU shoud read the Highway Code!

Joe nash
Joe nash
Reply to  ISlander
1 month ago

Agree apart from the fact that it’s wrong and dangerous to overtake at any junction because a car exiting left might check right only, see it’s clear and pull out into the overtaking car on the wrong side of the road. Overtaking drivers are concentrating on passing not the side road.

Overtaking at junctions is Russian Roulette, will I be lucky AGAIN this time with such busy roads?.

Steve Draper
Steve Draper
1 month ago

There you go! – a basic rule…..never overtake approaching a junction

Wightlink
Wightlink
Reply to  Steve Draper
1 month ago

AgreedRule 167 (on overtaking) states:DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example

  • approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road

However,

Rule 180 (on Turning Right) also states:Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. …. Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken,

so who was at fault?

even if the car turning right was indicating, they stil shouldn’t have started to turn, if they were being overtaken.

Ffs
Ffs
Reply to  Wightlink
1 month ago

No you idiot, no-one should be overtaking on a junction. End of.

Wightlink
Wightlink
Reply to  Ffs
1 month ago

no, not an idiot,..
if you bothered to read my comment I was agreeing that you shouldn’t overtake near a junction

but also quoting quoting the HIGHWAY CODE where it makes it clear that in this situation it is the resposibility of BOTH parties.

perhaps you should try reading it! (as well as what people write in their comments)

John
John
1 month ago

Oh my, did James Bond made it in time to save the world?

Lord lucan
Lord lucan
1 month ago

So the driver of silver Astra went to overtake the Citigo near a junction,if that’s the case surely that person should get done for careless driving.

Wightlink
Wightlink
Reply to  Lord lucan
1 month ago

but….
Highway Code Rule 180 (on Turning Right) states:
Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. …. Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken,

so who was being careless??

Ian
Ian
Reply to  Wightlink
1 month ago

Obviously the Muppet who was overtaking, coming up to a junction, on the wrong side of the road, would be in the wrong?

Bob hope
Bob hope
1 month ago

Mindless HW. Overtaking, where on earth are people going on a rock in such a hurry lol

 

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