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DRIVER FREED AFTER LORRY ROLL

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UPDATED – Emergency services are this morning attending a serious road traffic collision on Medina Way, Newport, which has resulted in persons becoming trapped.

An Island Waste rubbish lorry has rolled onto its side at the junction of Medina Way and the Fairlee Road slipway onto the dual carriageway, trapping the occupants inside the vehicle.

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20131001-115841.jpgTwo appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service as well as the Rescue Tender from Newport Fire Station are on the scene and working to free the casualties from the wreckage, alongside paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

Crews were called to the incident just before 11:30 this morning.

Medina Way has been closed in the northbound direction by Police and traffic in the area has come to a standstill.

20131001-121115.jpgMotorists are advised to avoid the area due to the volume of traffic.

UPDATE @ 12:00 – One fire appliance and the rescue tender from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have now left the scene and returned to station.

Firefighters have used a cutting tool, dampened by a hose reel, to remove the windscreen allowing emergency services easier access to those trapped inside.

UPDATE @ 12:30 – It has been confirmed that one person has this lunchtime been extracted from the overturned lorry by emergency services.

Thankfully, it is understood the unknown employee has not been seriously injured in the incident.

Traffic is starting to flow more freely around Newport Town although motorists are still advised to find an alternative route, avoiding Coppins Bridge.

Southern Vectis routes in all directions are subject to delays due to the volume of traffic around Newport Bus Station.

islandwastelorryUPDATE @ 13:15 – Stag Lane Motors have launched a recovery operation this afternoon to bring the Island Waste lorry back onto it’s wheels and remove the vehicle from the dual carriageway.

The southbound carriageway towards Newport has been brought down to a single lane by Island Roads while the recovery takes place.

Motorists are advised to continue avoiding Newport town, if possible, and use the Cowes Chain Ferry as an alternative route if traveling to Cowes.

Island Echo has received information to suggest the driver of the vehicle, who has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital, has only recently passed his test however it is unknown at this time what has caused the collision to occur.

UPDATE @ 14:45 – Delays are currently being experienced in East Cowes with motorists diverting to Cowes via the Chain Ferry. Queues are back to Osborne House.

The Island Waste lorry has now been righted and recovered by Stag Lane Motors. The Northbound carriageway is expected to open within the next 45 minutes.

The Southbound carriageway has been reopened to traffic.

UPDATE @ 17:00 – Medina Way has now fully reopened after the installation of a temporary crash barrier and the successful recovery of the waste lorry, although traffic remains heavy in and around Newport.

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