A serious collision occurred this morning at 9:55 am on the Ridgley Highway in Hampshire, near the intersection with Kingsclere Road.

The police believe a silver Ford Econovan was driving south behind a fully loaded B-Double Kenworth tanker as the van pulled out to overtake. While overtaking, a vehicle appeared northbound. It is understood that all three vehicles stood side by side at one point. The van collided with the front right corner of the prime mover and was thrown to the left side of the road. The van collided with a dam and rolled a few times before stopping at the roadside.

The van's driver and only inmate, a 63-year-old man on Main Street, was briefly trapped in the van's cabin before being released. He was initially taken by helicopter to the hospital, but his condition was downgraded and the helicopter dropped off. He is in the North West Regional Hospital with head, chest and abdominal injuries.

The driver of the B-Double was a 57-year-old Devonport man. He was unhurt.

At the time of the collision, police believe the weather was foggy with a light drizzle. The police would like to speak with the inmates of the third vehicle involved in the incident, as they may be able to shed more light on what happened.

The police also want to remind the public that they should have their headlights turned on in adverse weather conditions or conditions of limited visibility.

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