A CASUALTY has been flown to a mainland hospital after a serious crash on Downs Road on the Isle of Wight today (Saturday).

UPDATE: One person has died and another was seriously injured following the major crash.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has airlifted a casualty from the scene.

Several roads around the area remain closed after the crash happened at around 11.20am.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service said: "We can confirm that we attended a road traffic accident on the downs earlier today and helicopter emergency medical service was also in attendance."

The road closure in placeThe road closure in place (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

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The Downs Road remains closed this afternoon and traffic is busy in the surrounding areas. 

Police described it as a serious collision.

It is understood two vehicles were involved.