The Isle of Wight Council says that it understands public concern about yesterday’s fatal crash at Forest Road in Newport, but that changes to road safety measures will only be made following investigations into the incident.
1 person died and 19 people were injured in yesterday’s crash at Vittlefields Cross when a double decker bus collided with 2 cars.
The crash was declared a major incident and prompted 4 air ambulances to be drafted in. A total of 4 people were airlifted to mainland hospitals.
A petition has been swiftly launched calling for traffic lights to be erected at the crossroads junction. It has already attracted 2,100 signatures.
In response to calls for improved road safety measures, a spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:
“The council understands public concern about what has happened at Forest Road and expresses its sympathies to all those who have been affected.
“Relevant Island agencies and the police are still investigating the causes of this incident and, until they have completed their work, it is inappropriate to comment further.
“In general terms, any decision by the council to implement road safety measures is something that would be only done following the advice and input of those relevant agencies and experts after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of what happened.
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“The council hopes the public will understand this cannot be done immediately”.