Woman Dead And 20 Injured After IOW Bus Crash

15 April 2019, 09:17

bus crash Newport Isle of Wight

A woman's died and about 20 people are injured after a serious crash in Newport on the Isle of Wight, involving a bus and two cars.

It happened at a junction on Forest Road yesterday lunchtime.

Three people were seriously injured, along with the bus driver - who had to be cut free.

Four have been flown to hospitals in Southampton and Brighton - while St Mary's in Newport declared a major incident for a time.

Southern Vectis says it'll help with the investigation.

Hampshire Police said:

'We can confirm we are investigating a serious road traffic collision on Forest Road in Newport, Isle of Wight, which has resulted in the death of a woman in her 60s.

'The incident occurred at the junction with Betty Haunt Lane, Newport, at 12.46pm today and involved a bus and two cars.

'The deceased was travelling in a red Fiat Bravo. Three other people in the vehicle are in a serious condition and have been taken to hospital.

'The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, is also said to have sustained a serious injury.

'Ten passengers who were travelling on the bus have also been taken to hospital as a precaution.

'Four people travelling in a silver Mini Cooper, were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

'If anyone witnessed the collision and hasn’t already spoken to police, please call 101 and quote reference 375 of April 14. If you saw any of the vehicles prior to the collision or have Dashcam footage of the vehicles or the incident, please get in touch.

'Two Air Ambulances attended the scene and all casualties have been taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Southampton General Hospital and Brighton Hospitals.

'Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance attended the scene.'

Bus operator Southern Vectis said it is believed the double-decker ended up in the Fiat's 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 Mary's Hospital in Newport.

People were asked not to attend the emergency department unless "absolutely necessary".

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.