Nineteen taken to hospital after Isle of Wight crash between bus and two cars

Nineteen people have been taken to hospital after a crash involving two cars and a bus on the Isle of Wight.

Four of the casualties were airlifted after the collision on Forest Road in Newport on Sunday afternoon.

A major incident has been declared, a spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said.

She said: “A major incident was declared at 13.51 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.”

The spokeswoman said the airlifted patients were possibly taken to hospitals in Portsmouth or Southampton.

St Mary’s Hospital is in Newport.

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.”