One person dies and 25 are injured with terrified passengers left trapped in double-decker bus crash

One person has died and 25 people have been injured after a bus crashed on the Isle of Wight.

Four people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals and 15 others have been taken to St Mary’s hospital on the Island after the double-decker bus collided with two cars at around 1pm on Forest Road, Newport.

Speaking at the scene police confirmed that one person had died.

Three air ambulances and at least 15 emergency service workers are also at the scene.

Extra staff have been called in to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, which is asking people not to come to Accident and Emergency unless it is ‘absolutely necessary’. 

Fire crews were this afternoon rescuing people from the wreckage on the single-carriageway road lined by trees and fields.

The number 7 Southern Vectis bus was believed to have been in service with passengers on board.

Police closed off the road at all entrances and casualties were rushed to hospital following the crash.

Collision investigators are currently working on the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, said: ‘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.’

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