Another 10 people have been left injured – three seriously – in the incident on Andover Road in Oakley, near Basingstoke. Three childen who were also aboard the bus have been taken to hospital but did not suffer serious injuries.
A fleet of 10 ambulances rushed to the scene of the traumatic crash which only involved the bus. A total of 19 people were travelling on the double-decker when it overturned on a bend at lunchtime. ‘Sick, dizzy and exhausted’ nurses told they can’t take water on to wards Six ambulance crews rushed to the scene before a further four were requested to help treat injured the passengers, two of which suffered life-challenging injuries.
@StagecoachSouth big big RTA outside of Basingstoke road is closed and will be all day an dubble decker bus has hit an tree going round the corner and went into the ditch this was the 76 to Basingstoke pic.twitter.com/GNTFv6JvDF
— stuart (@Discostu_20) July 26, 2018
Firefighters, police officers, along with three rapid response vehicles – the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance critical care car and the Hazardous Area Response Team were also scrambled to the area. A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said: ‘Two patients with life-threatening injuries have been taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital, Southampton. ‘Three patients with serious injuries have also been taken to University Hospital, Southampton.
‘Six patients with minor injuries have been taken to the North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke and three children, non-injured, have also been taken to North Hampshire Hospital as a place of safety, as they were unaccompanied by any adults on the bus. ‘Ten 10 further patients were assessed and discharged at the scene as uninjured.’
How to help homeless people during the heatwave Police said that no other vehicles had been involved in the crash. Writing on its Twitter page, SCAS said: ‘If you require assistance in Hampshire please bear with us as we have 10 ambulances at or heading to a serious accident on B3400 Andover Road, Oakley.
This incident may affect our ability to respond as quickly to patients with less serious illnesses or injuries. Thank you. Motorists were being warned to avoid the area as officers closed off the road in both directions while it dealt with the incident.
A spokesman for Hampshire Police said the road between Deane Gate Inn and Oakley village is likely to remain shut until this evening and diversions are in place.