UPDATED: AIR AMBULANCE CALLED TO SERIOUS COLLISION IN BEMBRIDGE

Emergency services are responding to a road traffic collision on a main road into Bembridge this afternoon (Sunday).

Several police units alongside colleagues from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue service and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are in attendance on Sandown Road.

A paramedic officer is also at the scene.

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Hard road closures are being introduced, with traffic being turned around and diverted through other routes.

The road towards Bembridge is closed between the junction with Hillway Road and the roundabout with Mill Road and Steyne Road.

UPDATE @ 16:31 – Firefighters from Ryde have stabilised the 5-door hatchback and are in the process of extricating the casualty.

To do this, the crews are using cutting equipment to remove the vehicles doors – providing enhanced access to the patient for paramedics.

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A second ambulance has now arrived on the scene and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is also enroute, with the aircraft expected to land at a nearby field.

UPDATE @ 16:50 – The HIOWAA has landed in a field to the side of the scene, where firefighters are extricating the casualty.

Its thought that 2 vehicles have collided, with 1 taking a severe impact to the front end. 6 people are said to have been injured in the collision.

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Specialist flying doctors are assessing and tending to the injured, indicating the potential severity of their injuries.

UPDATE @ 17:48 – Emergency services have now stood down from the scene, although police units remain to enforce the current and ongoing road closure.

Several of the 6 people involved have been treated for injuries ranging from minor to more serious, although despite the attendance of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, it is not thought that anyone has been airlifted.

2 vehicles – a silver Peugeot and a black Seat -have been severely damaged in the collision, and remain in situ at the crash site.


Significant damage has been sustained to the front end of both vehicles, and the doors of the Peugeot have been removed by firefighters.

The road closure is expected to be in force for some time.

UPDATE: The road has now reopened.

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Sunshine
Sunshine
1 month ago

Will be interesting to find out who is involved in this crash. Island residents and/or holiday makers. Everyone drives too fast these days for the small island roads. Hope all involved are ok.

ron
ron
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

does that include you?

Ramessese II
Ramessese II
1 month ago

The standard if driving on the IOW is appalling. To have a impact that severe can only be caused by Speeding.

JHVF
JHVF
Reply to  Ramessese II
1 month ago

Tend to agree, but if both were doing the maximum of 40mph then a closing speed of 80mph would be enough to do that much damage. It does beg the question if build standards and testing are adequate.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  JHVF
1 month ago

No, doesn’t work like that. 40mph is 40mph, you don’t double it. Ask a Police officer next time you see one, if you don’t believe me.

Ventnormum
Ventnormum
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

Sorry, but you’re wrong!

Ed down
Ed down
Reply to  Ventnormum
1 month ago

No, sunshine is correct. There’s plenty about this online including an entire episode of mythbusters

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Ramessese II
1 month ago

Speeding definitely. Look at the damage to both cars. They were motoring. Slow down, what’s the rush. If people are over here on a jolly, if they drive slower, it’s safer and they can take in the beautiful scenery.

isobel
isobel
Reply to  Ramessese II
1 month ago

I was taught to drive, not at the speed limit, but to be able to anticipate the road ahead and react if necessary. what do they teach today? I suspect it is ‘its my right of way, so i will drive at the speed limit’

Willie Eckerslike
Willie Eckerslike
1 month ago

The suggestion is that the driver of the car leaving Bembridge may have been drinking, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Caused a head on crash with a learner driver coming the other way.

Lee
Lee
1 month ago

Far too many people Speed on the Island
There are certain spots that require speed humps to stop persons travelling too fast,
or traffic calming.

So much needs to be done to make the roads safe for everyone.

People will not reduce their speed, so measures need to be put in place to Stop them,
how many more Accidents before something is done.

Accidents put more pressure on the overwhelmed NHS

A Dangerous spot on the Island is

Vehicles tailing back up the Road going into McDonald’s drive thru at Ryde is very dangerous
Vehicles over take to pass with traffic oncoming.
McDonald’s is too small and are in the wrong location.

Julie White
Julie White
Reply to  Lee
1 month ago

Totally agree the tailback by McDonald’s is ridiculous at times

white top
white top
Reply to  Julie White
1 month ago

Close the drive through, problem solved.

Sl
Sl
1 month ago

Dam magnetic hedges again

Oakwood
Oakwood
1 month ago

Every day modified cars driven by boy racers especially a very noisy popping white car which looks ridiculous driven by a chav no doubt, drive at frightening speeds, why is nothing being done it’s every day ?

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Oakwood
1 month ago

Probably referring to mine! Get a grip on your life if thats what upsets you on a daily considering it comes to Bembridge 2 times a month that “very noisy” car has a higher maintenance schedule than 90% of pensioners cars who drive round with countless faults

Oakwood
Oakwood
Reply to  Matt
1 month ago

Years were spent on the silencer now these idiots driving these noisy exhausts with 1 brain cell between them deserve to be banned for ever ! Let’s hope the electric cars are mandatory & stop scaring our little dogs & cats, you should hear what I call them when they go past, attention seeking numptys !

Fox
Fox
Reply to  Oakwood
1 month ago

yes! putting their foot down on every little straight, going through their gears like loonies.. just trying to impress most of the time..

YJC
YJC
1 month ago

With the increased number of vehicles on our roads now it may be time to consider a blanket maximum of 40 mph with 20 mph in built up areas?

Coxy
Coxy
Reply to  YJC
1 month ago

Stupid idea

Me me
Me me
1 month ago

The trouble is a lot of people do not drive property and have to go over the center line or cut corners and there is no were to go for the on coming traffic it’s got nothing to do with just speed STAY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE ROAD AND GIVE A S—T

disillusioned
disillusioned
1 month ago

If two vehicles collide head on, and they’re both travelling at 40mph, then the impact speed is 80mph. Simple mathematics really. Not saying that’s the facts of this incident as I don’t know what happened here, but I would suggest, looking at the damaged vehicles, that this wasn’t ‘low speed’

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