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UPDATED: A serious crash between a car and a bus has closed Beaper Shute in Ryde this afternoon (Saturday).

An elderly couple are thought to be trapped in their vehicle after colliding head-on with a Southern Vectis bus. The car is said to have come to rest down a bank beside the carriageway.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have mobilised 2 appliances from Ryde and a rescue tender from Newport and firefighters are currently working alongside paramedics to free the occupants of the car.

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The road has been closed in both directions.

UPDATE @ 15:41 – Emergency crews remain on scene this afternoon. They were alerted to the crash at around 14:30.

A hard road closure has now been put in place by Island Roads indicating that Beaper Shute will remain closed for several hours. Motorists are being diverted via Ashey.

Southern Vectis Route 2 and 3 buses are diverting via Nettlestone and St Helens until further notice.

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UPDATE @ 15:56 – An elderly male – the driver of the blue Ford Mondeo – has been extricated from his vehicle by fire crews. Thankfully, he has escaped any serious injury and is being treated for minor injuries at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport. It has been confirmed he was the only occupant of the vehicle.

It has been confirmed that a total of 15 passengers were on board the bus at the time of the crash – 1 has sustained minor injuries. It is understood the driver of the double-decker has only been in the job for 5 days, but is not thought to be at fault.

According to witnesses, the blue Mondeo drifted across the white line as it travelled towards Brading, colliding into the front of the oncoming bus.

The road remains closed, but is due to reopen once the vehicles have been recovered.

UPDATE @ 18:22 – Beaper Shute has now reopened in both directions.

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