• Woman killed
  • Four airlifted to Southampton and Brighton
  • Injured includes bus driver and ten passengers
  • Don’t use Emergency Department, Islanders told
  • Forest Road closed
  • Appeal for information and witnesses

A woman in her sixties has died; four people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals; and ten bus passengers and the driver are among those injured, after a crash involving two cars and a double decker bus on Forest Road this afternoon (Sunday).

Islanders are being urged to avoid going to the emergency department at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, unless it is absolutely critical.

A major incident was declared after the crash at the junction of Forest Road with Betty Haunt Lane and Whitehouse Road, however it has now been changed to ‘critical’.

Hampshire Constabulary 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 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.

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

There was a huge emergency response to the scene at around 1pm. Other staff were called into work to provide extra cover.

The road is closed and we are told it will remain that way for some time.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust told Isle of Wight Radio that it has set up a family room for those involved,

“The IOW Ambulance service deployed five Ambulances and one Patient Transport Service to the scene.

“A family room has been set up at St Mary’s Hospital to assist the family and friends of those involved in the Road Traffic Incident.

“The IOW NHS Trust would like to thank all staff members who came in to help while off duty, it’s been overwhelming to see our community pull together in difficult times.”

Multiple fire crews, air ambulances, land ambulances and other emergency teams were on scene from shortly after the incident.

Bus operator Southern Vectis has launched an investigation and says its driver had to be freed by firefighters. General Manager Richard Tyldsley said,

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

“The extent of any further injuries is currently unclear. We know several people have been taken to hospital and our driver had to be cut from his cab. He also sustained injuries. We are monitoring the situation of all those involved very closely.

“We are assisting the Police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation.”

Hampshire Constabulary says it is appealing for dashcam footage and information,

“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.”