Emergency services are attending a serious head-on road traffic collision in Ryde this evening (Saturday), resulting in the closure of a busy main road.
East Hill Road has been closed in both directions between the Esplanade and the junction with Alexandra Road.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is in attendance alongside the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police.
UPDATE @ 18:55 – 2 vehicles have been involved in the crash – a Nissan Micra and a Mercedes-Benz.
Fire crews are currently working alongside paramedics to help free a male passenger from 1 of the vehicles involved, as well as the driver of the same vehicle. They are both said to be medically trapped.
Another casualty is being tended to further up the road on the pavement.
It has been confirmed that 3 casualties have been injured in this evening’s crash.
The incident appears to have occurred at a pinch point in the road, where temporary traffic management has been set up directing motorists around a coned off area approximately 3/4s up the hill.
UPDATE @ 20:22 – 1 male has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving, Island Echo can reveal.
Read more on this story and see new photos at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/suspected-drug-driver-arrested-at-scene-of-ryde-crash/.