Serious crash at The Hope

Foxdale crash''Pic: IOM Fire and Rescue Service

Foxdale crash''Pic: IOM Fire and Rescue Service

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Emergency services were called out to deal with a serious road accident between Lower Foxdale and St John’s involving a car and a van.

Foxdale Road, between The Hope and Mines Road, was closed following the collision which took place at the junction with the Ballahig farm at about 10.50am this morning.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to free the driver and a passenger trapped in a Peugeot van.

Four occupants of a Ford Focus, including three young children, were able to be removed safely, and all six were taken to Noble’s Hospital with injuries ranging to serious.

Due to the number of casualties, two road ambulances were used and the emergency rescue helicopter was mobilised to transport two casualties to Noble’s.

Fire crews were at the scene for about 90 minutes making the vehicles safe.

The road was closed while police carried out accident investigations.

Fire engines from Peel and Douglas and the Enhanced Rescue Vehicle were called to deal with the incident.

Station officer Roger Brown said: ‘The first attending appliance from Peel were faced with two people trapped in a small commercial van.

‘Working with ambulance paramedics, crews using hydraulic cutting equipment and stabilisation equipment were able to cut the vehicle to free the casualties and safely remove them from the vehicle.’

Inspector Derek Flint said: ‘I attended the scene as senior investigating officer due to concerns of the injury levels of some involved.

‘The latest status update is that all are stable in hospital. There was excellent work in rescuing those involved by the fire and medical teams on scene, and we then spent several hours investigating the scene and then clearing the crash site. I would appeal to any person that witnessed the collision who has not yet come forward to make contact with us at police headquarters on 631212.’

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