Young woman in hospital after she was hit by minibus in Gosport

A Boarhunt Garage technician loads the minibus onto a recovery vehicle. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142356-4957)
A Boarhunt Garage technician loads the minibus onto a recovery vehicle. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142356-4957)
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A WOMAN was taken to hospital after suffering a serious injury when she was hit by a minibus in Gosport.

The collision happened in Carisbrooke Road, in Bridgemary, at 4.12pm yesterday.

A Ford Transit minibus hit the 22-year-old woman near a bus stop in Carisbrooke Road, close to the shops.

Her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, a police spokeswoman said last night.

The woman was taken by road to Southampton General Hospital.

The air ambulance attended but was not needed, a spokeswoman from South Central Ambulance said.

Penny Styler, 28, of Holbrook, was visiting her mum in Brading Avenue.

She said: ‘We saw the woman in the road.

‘She had a block on the side of her head.

‘She was there for quite a while.

‘We all got told to move back from there.’

Nearby roads Brading Avenue and Totland Road were closed briefly by police.

Lisa Roberts, 43, of Totland Road, saw the air ambulance land at the back of her house in a field at Wych Lane.

She said: ‘I saw the helicopter land – it landed at the back of my house.

‘I was in my kitchen and thought it was getting a little bit low.

‘My son came up and said there’d been an accident.

‘I’m surprised there haven’t been accidents (before).

‘Trying to get out of our road is a blind spot.’

First Bus took to the social networking website Twitter to warn people of the accident and a change in route.

The bus firm re-routed the number 9 and 9A service, diverting it via Wych Lane and Brookers Lane until the road re-opened.

Tina Tester, landlady at the nearby Carisbrooke Arms pub, said the crash happening in the area was unusual.

‘They shut all the roads off, the helicopter couldn’t land outside the pub,’ she said.

‘They were there for ages. It was all cordoned off.

‘Crashes don’t really happen outside the shops.

‘It’s really unusual for it to happen.’

South Central Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle to the scene of the incident.

No-one was arrested by police.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Pete Sarginson or PS Nigel Burt from the Fratton Roads Policing Unit by calling 101.