Residents are calling for these safety improvements after fatal Isle of Wight bus crash on ‘blind’ junction
A PETITION has been launched calling for traffic lights to be installed at a 'blind’ junction where a woman in her 60s was killed in a fatal collision.
The crash involving a double-decker bus and two cars happened at the junction of Forest Road and Betty Haunt Lane in Newport, Isle of Wight, at 12.46pm yesterday.
The woman who died was travelling in a red Fiat Bravo, and three other people in the car were taken to hospital in a serious condition, according to Hampshire Police.
The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, also suffered a serious injury, and 10 passengers were taken to hospital as a precaution, along with four people who had been travelling in a silver Mini Cooper.
More than 1,800 people have signed a petition for traffic lights to be installed at the junction, which is described as a ‘blind spot’. to prevent further accidents.
One of the signatories, Evelyn Tubb, wrote: ‘This is crazy that we have to sign a petition for something so obviously dangerous and yet so 'simple' to rectify.'
And Faye Courage wrote: ‘This is a junction I have always hated pulling out of!! Let's make it safe!!!!’
Bus operator Southern Vectis said it was believed the double-decker ended up in the Fiat's path after a crash moments earlier.
General manager Richard Tyldsley said: ‘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.'
A spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said a 'major incident' was declared just after 1.50pm, with four people being airlifted to mainland hospitals and 15 being taken by road to St Mary's Hospital in Newport.
People were asked not to attend the emergency department unless ‘absolutely necessary’.
The major incident was stood down shortly before 5pm, but the trust said the hospital remained in a ‘critical incident status’ to ensure all patients were treated.
A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘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 dashcam footage of the vehicles or the incident, please get in touch.’
An Isle of Wight Council spokesman 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.
‘The council hopes the public will understand this cannot be done immediately.’