Police declare MAJOR INCIDENT with one dead and 22 hurt in horror double-decker bus crash

A double-decker bus and two cars were involved in the collision in Newport, Isle of Wight, at around 1pm.

More than 15 emergency service workers attended the scene.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service earlier feared many could be trapped.

Nineteen people have been taken to hospital, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire control confirmed that one person died in the crash.

DEADLY: At least one person has been confirmed dead after the crash (Pic: UKNIP)

WRECKAGE: The front end of the bus was completely destroyed (Pic: PA)

DESTROYED: One of the two cars involved in the crash (Pic: PA)

Witness Alisha Smith, 23, told the County Press the bus she was on crashed into a mini.

She said: “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 police came and anyone who was not injured and could walk was helped off the bus to wait for police to take names and numbers.

“It was very frightening. I just hope everyone else is okay.”

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Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service group commander Justin Harden told the island‘s County Press newspaper: “My thoughts are with the deceased‘s family, on behalf of everybody here,” he told reporters at the scene.

“It has been a significant incident, the like of which we have not seen for some time.”

A spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “A major incident was declared at 1.51pm today after a serious road traffic incident took place on Forest Road, Newport, involving two cars and a bus.

“The Isle of Wight NHS Trust can confirm that four people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals and currently 15 patients have been brought into St Mary‘s Hospital.”

St Mary‘s Hospital in Newport has brought in extra members of staff to deal with the injured.

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TRAGIC: There were fears many had been trapped on the bus during the crash (Pic: PA)

AIRLIFTED: Four people were airlifted to hospital (Pic: UKNIP)

Crash investigators are currently at the scene to establish the cause of the crash.

People are being asked not to attend the emergency department unless absolutely necessary.

The Trust tweeted: “A Major Incident has been declared after a serious RTI (road traffic incident).

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.”

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