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Police are appealing for witnesses following a 3-car collision on The Downs this afternoon (Sunday).

As previously reported by Island Echo, emergency services were called to the scene of a serious crash between Newport Shute and Downend at around 14:15.

4 fire engines, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter and multiple local ambulance and Police units were all in attendance.

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The incident involved a red Volvo which collided head on with a red Suzuki travelling in the opposite direction. A Silver Ford Fiesta was also damaged.

Police have confirmed that the driver of the Volvo, a 40-year-old man, suffered serious injuries in the crash. It was initially feared he may have suffered life-threatening injuries with fire crews having to cut him free from the wreckage of his car. However, following a thorough assessment by the flying doctors, it was decided to airlift him to St Mary’s Hospital by Coastguard Helicopter instead of being flown to the Southampton major trauma centre.

Did you see this vehicle prior to the crash? Police are appealing for witnesses

The driver of the red Suzuki, a 62-year-old man, has now been confirmed as suffering minor injuries. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital by land.

The driver of the silver Fiesta, a 72-year-old woman, also suffered minor injuries.

Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for witnesses to this collision, particularly anyone who saw what happened, or who has dash cam in their vehicle and was driving in the area at the time.

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Anyone with information should call Police on 101, quoting 44200333910.

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