Police are continuing to investigate a road traffic collision on Medina Way, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Officers were called to the dual carriageway at 3.29pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 to a report of a collision involving a BMW and a Morris Minor.
The collision affected the northbound and southbound carriageways of Medina Way. Road closures and diversions were in place on Medina Way until shortly before 8.40pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 so a detailed investigation of the collision scene could be completed.
Five people went to hospital after the collision.
The front seat passenger in the BMW, a 17-year-old woman from Newport, Isle of Wight received shock and whiplash. She went to hospital and was later discharged.
The Morris Minor driver, a 66-year-old man from Newport, Isle of Wight, was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries. A passenger in the Morris Minor, a 69-year-old man from Newport, Isle of Wight, was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Another passenger in the Morris Minor, a 64-year-old woman from Newport, Isle of Wight, was taken to hospital and later discharged.
A Piaggio Vespa scooter stopped at the scene shortly after the collision. The rider, an 18-year-old woman from Ryde, Isle of Wight, suffered shock. She went to hospital as a precaution and was later discharged. Initial police enquiries show the scooter made no contact with the BMW or the Morris Minor.
The BMW driver, a 25-year-old man from Cowes, Isle of Wight, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was taken to Newport Police Station for questioning, and later bailed until March 26, 2011 pending further enquiries. It is believed he was not injured in the collision.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Some of the injuries were initially classed as potentially life threatening at the collision scene, but after several hours it became apparent that none of the injured motorists or passengers were at risk of dying.
“This was a serious collision that meant one of the island’s main roads had to be closed completely for several hours. This caused considerable disruption to traffic in Newport and other parts of the island. Police would like to thank the public for their understanding and patience while emergency services helped the casualties and carried out enquiries at the scene.
“We’re also grateful to all those people who’ve provided information to the police so far. Officers remain keen to hear from anyone else who saw the collision or the BMW and Morris Minor in the moments beforehand at approximately 3.20pm on Tuesday.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit (RPU) at Shanklin Police Station by phoning 101. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, call police on 0845 045 45 45. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.