The serious crash, which occurred shortly before 13:00, has resulted in a major incident being declared by the emergency services.
3 air ambulances are on the scene alongside 5 fire appliances, a rescue tender and a continuous supply of ambulances, as well as senior officers from Police, fire and ambulance services.
It is understood a Mini, a Fiat Bravo and a Southern Vectis bus have been involved.
Forest Road is expected to remain closed until 18:00 but may remain closed for longer.
VIDEO: Insp Rob Abel provides an update on the incident with IWFRS’ Justin Harden…
UPDATE @ 16:33 – The Isle of Wight NHS Trust have confirmed that 4 people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals including Southampton and Brighton.
A spokesperson has said in a statement:
“A major Incident was declared at 13.51 today (Sunday 14th April) after a serious road traffic incident took place on Forest Road, Newport involving two cars and a Bus.
“The IOW NHS Trust can confirm that four people have been airlifted to mainland hospitals and currently fifteen patients have been brought into St Mary’s Hospital.
“We are requesting that people do not attend the Accident and Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary. Please ring NHS 111 services for advice and guidance if you have an urgent medical health concern but it’s not life threatening”.
The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, has sustained a serious injury.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“We are investigating a serious road traffic collision on Forest Road in Newport, Isle of Wight, that has resulted in the death of a woman in her 60s.
“The incident occurred at the junction with Betty Haunt Lane, Newport, at 12.46pm today and involved a bus and two cars.
“Ten passengers who were travelling on the bus have also been taken to hospital as a precaution.
“Four people travelling in a silver Mini Cooper, were also taken to hospital as a precaution.
“If anyone witnessed the collision and hasn’t already spoken to police, please call 101 and quote reference 375 of April 14.
“If you saw any of the vehicles prior to the collision or have dash cam footage of the vehicles or the incident, please get in touch”.
“To confirm that Major Incident Status was stood down at 16.52pm today but the IOW NHS Trust remains in Critical Incident status to ensure that all patients are appropriately cared for.
“The IOW Ambulance service deployed five Ambulances and one Patient Transport Service to the scene. Four air Ambulances from different regions was also deployed.
“A family room has been set up at St Mary’s Hospital to assist the family and friends of those involved in the Road Traffic Incident.
“The IOW NHS Trust would like to thank all staff members who came in to help while off duty, it’s been overwhelming to see our community pull together in difficult times”.
Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis’ general manager, has said:
“There was a serious collision at 12.45pm today on Forest Road, Newport-bound. Early indications suggest a car pulled out in front of a route 7 bus and our driver was unable to avoid it. The bus was forced into the path of another car.
“At this stage the full circumstances of the incident are unclear but sadly I understand one of the cars’ occupants has died.
“This is very distressing for all concerned and I would like to pass our sincere condolences to their family and friends.
“The extent of any further injuries is currently unclear. 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 monitoring the situation of all those involved very closely.
“We are assisting the Police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation”.
UPDATE MONDAY @ 00:10 – Forest Road has now reopened to traffic in both directions.
All of the vehicles involved in the incident have been recovered from the scene following a reconstruction of the crash.