Police have closed the main road into Cowes as a result of a road traffic collision – the second to occur on the Island’s roads this morning (Tuesday).
The incident has occurred at the junction of Clissfold Road, near to HMP Isle of Wight.
A maroon coloured Peugeot 206 has been heavily damaged in the smash.
Motorists are being diverted via the prison estate.
UPDATE @ 09:48 – Police have now re-opened the main road in and out of Cowes.
UPDATE @ 10:15 – 8 people have been injured as a result of this morning’s crash, which involved 2 cars and a Southern Vectis single decker bus.
7 of those injured have sustained minor injuries, with 1 person suffering a more serious injury.
UPDATE @ 13:10 – Southern Vectis have released a statement about this morning’s collision.
Simon Moye, Southern Vectis operations manager, has said:
“There was an incident this morning, near Partridge Road, where two cars collided. We understand that this resulted in one of the cars being pushed into the path of our bus, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
“Fortunately, our vehicle was travelling slowly at the time. I have been informed that the driver of one car was injured and was taken to hospital, along with one of our customers. We wish them a full and speedy recovery, and will be monitoring their progress closely.
“We are also providing support for our excellent driver, who took evasive action and managed to avoid a full front collision. He is uninjured but shaken by the incident. The bus was damaged and has been taken away for repairs.
“Our services are now running as normal”.