Newport crash: One dead and 22 injured after horror car and bus crash in Isle of Wight – Express

Newport crash: One dead and 22 injured after horror car and bus crash in Isle of Wight - Express

Isle of Wight: One dead and 22 hurt in bus crash

Nineteen people were taken to hospital, including four who were airlifted, after the smash on Forest Road in Newport on Sunday afternoon sparked a major incident. Hampshire Police said three other people, travelling in a red Fiat Bravo with the woman who died at the scene, were taken to hospital in a “serious condition”. The bus driver, a man in his 50s who had to be cut from his cab, was also believed to have been seriously injured, while 10 of his passengers and four who were in a silver Mini Cooper were taken to hospital as a precaution.

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Bus operator Southern Vectis said it is believed the double-decker ended up in the Fiats path after a crash moments earlier.

General manager Richard Tyldsley said: “Early indications suggest a car pulled out in front of a route 7 bus and our driver was unable to avoid it. The bus was forced into the path of another car.

“At this stage the full circumstances of the incident are unclear but sadly I understand one of the cars occupants has died.

“This is very distressing for all concerned and I would like to pass our sincere condolences to their family and friends.”

A spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said a “major incident” was declared just after 1.50pm, with four people being airlifted to mainland hospitals and 15 being taken to St Marys Hospital in Newport.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service group commander Justin Harden told the islands County Press newspaper: “My thoughts are with the deceaseds family, on behalf of everybody here.

Hampshire Police said two air ambulances attended and casualties have also been taken to hospitals in Southampton and Brighton. 

The major incident was stood down shortly before 5pm, but the trust said the hospital remained in a “critical incident status” to ensure all patients were treated.

A spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “A major incident was declared at 13.51 today after a serious road traffic incident took place on Forest Road, Newport, involving two cars and a bus.

“The Isle of Wight NHS Trust can confirm that four people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals and currently 15 patients have been brought into St Marys Hospital.

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Eyewitness Alisha Smith, 23, told of the moment she was travelling on the top deck of the bus when the horror unfolded. 

She told local newspaprt Isle of Wight County Press: “It was very frightening. I just hope everyone else is okay.

“The driver did his best to avoid it, but we hit and then bounced on to hit another car following in a different direction.

Police have closed local roads including Forest Road from Gunville Road and there is no access from Betty Haunt Lane/Whitehouse Road.

Residents have been asked to avoid the area completely and respect the cordons and closures by officers.

Southern Vectis said the Route 7 via Shalfleet will be diverted via Calbourne and Elm Lane to Shalfleet in both directions.

Mr Tyldsley told Isle of Wight County Press: “We are aware of a serious collision today involving one of our route 7 buses.

“At this stage the full circumstances and details of any injuries are unclear and we are investigating.”

The Trust tweeted: “A Major Incident has been declared after a serious RTI (road traffic incident). We are requesting that people do not attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary.

“Please ring NHS 111 for advice and guidance if you have an urgent medical health concern but its not life threatening.”

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