A collision involving 2 vans has resulted in Fairlee Road becoming blocked in both directions this afternoon (Monday).
The incident has occurred close to the junction with Seaclose Park, just as rush hour begins.
A white van and a blue Ford Transit van have collided head-on with both vehicles sustaining significant damage.
Southern Vectis Route 5 and 9 buses are diverting via Staplers Road with all motorists having to turn around in the road.
Traffic is said to be gridlocked in the area with queues backing up to St Mary’s junction and towards Racecourse.
UPDATE @ 17:55 – Queues remain in the Newport area as traffic struggles to cope with the closure of Fairlee Road – which has now reopened on a give and take basis.
Traffic approaching the Seaclose junction is being directed by officers and taking it in turns to proceed past the scene in the one open lane.
The Ford Transit and the Peugeot Partner vans involved in the head on collision have been moved to the grass at the side of the road.
Airbags have deployed in both vehicles, although the extent of any injuries suffered by the occupants of the vehicles is not known.
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has now stood down from the scene having been in attendance to provide scene safety cover.
Recovery of the vehicles is expected to take place in due course.