People injured in a crash on the Isle of Wight, in which a woman died, are being treated in hospital in Brighton.
A woman in her sixties was killed in the incident, which happened near the Isle of Wight’s main town of Newport earlier today (Sunday).
The occupants of the car she was driving were among 19 people taken to hospital.
Emergency crews, including five fire engines and multiple air ambulances, were called to a rural crossroads at around 1pm, closing the main road to the Island’s West Wight.
The four occupants of a second car and ten passengers on board a double decker bus were also taken to hospital. The driver of the double decker, operated by Southern Vectis, had to be cut free from his cab by firefighters.
Four people were transferred by air ambulance for specialist treatment in Brighton and Southampton.
A major incident was declared and local residents were asked not to attend the Island’s hospital’s emergency department, for a time.
Confirming the death of a woman aged in her sixties, Hampshire Constabulary said:
“Two Air Ambulances attended the scene and all casualties have been taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Southampton General Hospital and Brighton hospitals.”
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.
“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 assisting the police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation.”