ONE person has died and 22 others are injured following a horror smash between a double decker bus and two cars as cops declare a “major incident”.
Passengers are trapped in the wreckage after the vehicles collided in Newport on the Isle of Wight today.
Emergency crews are working to rescue those still trapped with three air ambulances scrambled.
It was earlier reported 25 people were injured but the Isle of Wight NHS Trust confirmed it was 19 – with four patients airlifted to hospital.
Police confirmed one person had died at the scene today.
St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, has brought in extra members of staff to deal with the influx of patients being brought into accident and emergency.
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The Trust said: “A Major Incident has been declared after a serious RTI. We are requesting that people do not attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary.
“Please ring NHS 111 for advice and guidance if you have an urgent medical health concern but it’s not life threatening.”
The Southern Vectis bus was understood to be in service at the time of the crash with passengers on board.
Alisha Smith, 23, who was on board at the time, told the County Press: “We were driving down the road. A mini pulled out from a side road.
PASSENGERS ‘COVERED IN BLOOD’
“The driver did his best to avoid it, but we hit and then bounced on to hit another car following in a different direction.
“The next thing I know, I was on the floor and got up to see if everyone was ok.
“A few hurt and covered in blood, but no one severely injured at the top.
“It was very frightening. I just hope everyone else is okay.”
Group commander for the fire and rescue service, Justin Harden, said: “My thoughts are with the deceased’s family, on behalf of everybody here.
“It has been a significant incident, the like of which we have not seen for some time.”
Cops are now asking drivers to avoid the area completely while they investigate the cause of the crash at around 1pm today.
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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