The Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has praised the response from staff following the devastating crash on Forest Road on Sunday (14).

A major incident was declared after a collision involved a Southern Vectis bus and two cars.

Island woman, Yvonne Copland, 64, died in the crash on the outskirts of Newport. Her family have paid tribute to a ‘much-loved wife and mum’.

Multiple people were taken to hospital on the Island and on the mainland.

Additional staff from across the trust made available to care for the significant number of patients arriving in a short space of time alongside continuing to care for existing patients.

More than 20 people

In a statement, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s Chief Executive, Maggie Oldham, said:

“Our ambulance staff responded quickly to the emergency both on site and in the control room. Eight ambulance service vehicles attended the incident alongside four air ambulances. Also on scene were other specialist trained clinicians from the trust, fire service and police.

“The ambulance service assessed all those involved in the incident and despite best efforts, one person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. A further 18 required triage, treatment and transport; two were transferred directly from scene via air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital and the remaining sixteen were conveyed to St Mary’s Emergency Department.

“One patient was then transferred to Brighton Hospital which was the next available major trauma centre. The remaining patients were treated at St Mary’s, with one requiring admission.

“Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in yesterday’s tragedy, and particularly the family and friends of the person who sadly lost their life.

“We are extremely thankful and proud of all our staff for how they responded to the incident, of their superb professionalism and care, and how everyone rallied to help, whether or not they were on duty.”