Emergency services have closed The Downs near to Downend as a result of a serious road traffic collision involving at least 2 cars this afternoon (Sunday).  Fire crews, paramedics and Police are all on scene alongside Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter, which has landed in a nearby field. A Volvo and a Suzuki have collided head-on, resulting in at least 1 person becoming trapped inside their vehicle.

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It’s understood a third car has also been involved in the crash, which has taken place between Newport Shute and Downend.

Firefighters from Newport, Ryde and Shanklin are working to free the occupant of the Volvo using specialist cutting equipment. The Rescue Tender from Newport has been mobilised to the crash to assist the extrication efforts. Coastguard Rescue Officers are in attendance at the scene as they were passing through the area.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours.

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UPDATE @ 15:10– The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has now landed beside the Coastguard helicopter, further indicating the severity of the injuries sustained. Island Echo is told by Police that 1 male has suffered potentially life threatening injuries, but they are still being assessed. A second male has also sustained serious injuries.

UPDATE @ 15:45 – The Downs is expected to remain closed until late tonight as specialist investigators from the mainland-based Collision Investigation Unit have been called to examine the crash scene. Police have implemented road closures at Newport Shute, Duxmore Farm and at the traffic light junction outside The Hare and Hounds public house.

UPDATE @ 16:02 – The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has now left the scene, but has not been required to convey any patients to a mainland hospital. Coastguard Rescue 175 has relocated to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport having airlifted 1 patient – the driver of the Volvo.

UPDATE @ 21:35 – Hampshire Constabulary are now appealing for witnesses to this afternoon’s crash.

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