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UPDATED: DRIVER TRAPPED IN HEAD-ON CRASH AT WHIPPINGHAM


Firefighters are working to free the driver and any occupants of a vehicle which has been involved in a serious road traffic collision on the main road into East Cowes tonight (Thursday).

Emergency services are currently on scene at Whippingham Road, where a vehicle has become ‘wrapped around a tree’, trapping anyone inside. The first 999 calls were made at around 20:00.

The incident has occurred near a fast bend between Racecourse Roundabout and the Folly Lane junction – the same location where 2 other serious road traffic collisions have occurred in recent years.

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The road has been closed in both directions.

UPDATE @ 20:40 – Fire Appliances from Newport and East Cowes are on scene and are working with paramedics to extricate the driver of the sports car, which has collided head-on with a tree.

Traffic is being diverted via the backroads between Wootton and Whippingham, resulting in delays.

UPDATE @ 21:13 – 1 male has been extricated from the vehicle – an Audi TT – and is being conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital by land ambulance. He has sustained leg injuries as a result of the crash, but those injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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The car is understood to have been travelling towards East Cowes on a straight section of road.

Recovery has been arranged and the road is expected to re-open shortly, although concerns have been raised about the stability of the tree involved in the collision.

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Stove
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Stove

Car hit a tree head on

Ivoire
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Ivoire

Poor tree.

JHVF
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JHVF

And it’s on the wrong side of the road. Good job no one was coming from E Cowes at that point

Old bean
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Old bean

What headline should say is driver driving like arse got in wrong on racecourse roundabout

Az-zahra Aziz
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Az-zahra Aziz

Yet another ‘car’ which IF driven normally would stay on the road as all others manage to do. Understandable IF these drivers had a life or death reason to drive fast, but the reality is, to most of these young drivers, there is NO reason to hurry anywhere, and ten minutes difference to ‘pick up’ the kids, the other half, a mate, or to collect or deliver ‘some gear’, would make zero difference to them at all.

Lucky it is only one car involved, so often it is someone truly innocent who has their life ruined by some selfish, impatient low life.

Apologies IF, the driver had a blow out, a medical condition, swerved to ‘avoid’ a kitten, or some other ‘insurance claim’ type excuse, but likely my former assumptions ARE correct.

Daemy
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Daemy

“to most of these young drivers”

Where did it say it was a ‘Young’ driver ?

Jay
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Jay

You know it all

Anon
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Anon

The driver is no youngster he s in his 50 s so your ASSumptions were not correct

Phil mccavity
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Phil mccavity

More bad driving on the I o w

Captain Hindsight
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Captain Hindsight

The Racecourse should be renamed Tranquillity Road. The sooner the better.

David
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David

I witnessed the car hitting the tree it was pretty horrific

Martin
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Martin

Driver is VERY lucky to be alive. Most car v tree accidents are fatal…

Jack
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Jack

Audi TT . Say no more

Foggy
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Foggy

I had a tt , virtually impossible to crash 4×4 esp abs bla bla bla

Daniel wheeler
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Daniel wheeler

Isn’t that the same tree that was hit from the other direction a few years ago resulting in a mortality

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