Two people injured after bus carrying QA Hospital staff crashes on James Callaghan Drive near Portsmouth

Two people have been taken to hospital after a bus came off the road near Portsmouth this afternoon.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated Monday, 14th December 2020, 5:25 pm

The bus, which was carrying hospital staff between Fareham and QA Hospital, came off the road while on James Callaghan Drive shortly before 1.20pm.

Five people were on board at the time and two suffered minor injuries, an ambulance service spokesperson said.

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The bus came off the road on James Callaghan Drive. Picture: Scas/Twitter

Emergency services including the fire service and police were called out, and the road was shut for about two hours.

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The bus was stablised before being removed from the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

The South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We received a 999 call at 13.19 today with the caller reporting that a single decker bus had come off the road and hit a tree on James Callaghan Drive.

James Callaghan Drive. Picture: Google Maps

‘We sent an ambulance, a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle and our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the incident.

‘The bus had five people on board at the time of the accident and was in an unstable position so our HART team worked with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service to stabilise it initially.

‘Two people on board had sustained minor injuries – one was treated at the scene by our staff but the second required further treatment at the QA Hospital. The three other people on board were uninjured.’

Hampshire Constabulary said a road closure was put in place and one person suffered an ankle injury.

A spokesperson for FirstBus, who operate the park and ride service for QA Hospital staff, said a team was sent out to help recover the vehicle and to support the driver who was badly shaken.

The company will carry out an investigation into the incident.

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