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Pictured: Grandmother killed in ‘major incident’ that saw bus collide with car

The family of a 64-year-old woman killed in a crash involving a double-decker bus have said she ‘will be greatly missed’.

Yvonne Copland died after the collision at the junction of Forest Road and Betty Haunt Lane in Newport, Isle of Wight, on Sunday, sparking a major incident.

The grandmother, from Newport, was travelling in a red Fiat Bravo, and three other people in the car were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Undated handout photo issued by the Hampshire Consatbulary of Yvonne Copland, 64, who has been named as the victim of a crash involving a double decker bus and two cars in Newport, Isle of Wight, on Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 15, 2019. See PA story POLICE IsleOfWight. Photo credit should read: Hampshire Consatbulary/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Yvonne Copland died after the collision at the junction of Forest Road and Betty Haunt Lane in Newport, Isle of Wight, on Sunday, sparking a major incident (Picture: PA)

Her family said in a statement released through Hampshire police: ‘Much loved wife, ‘ma’ of four children and four grandchildren who was loved by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

‘We would like to thank the efforts of the first responders, air ambulance crew, paramedics, police, fire, members of the public and all hospital staff.

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‘We would also like to thank everyone for their best wishes and support, but would respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult time.’

The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s, also suffered a serious injury and 10 passengers on the bus were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Four people travelling in a silver Mini Cooper were taken to hospital as a precaution.

More than 2,400 people have signed a petition for traffic lights to be installed at the junction, described as a ‘blind spot’, to prevent further accidents.

One of those who signed the petition on change.org, Evelyn Tubb, wrote: ‘This is crazy that we have to sign a petition for something so obviously dangerous and yet so ‘simple’ to rectify.’

Isle of Wight Sunday 14th April 2019 One person has sadly died at the scene of a horrific crash on the outskirts of the Newport on the Isle of Wight. Emergency services were called to a serious crash on Forest Road on the outskirts of Newport this afternoon involving a Southern Vectis bus and two other vehicles. Fire crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been called to the incident and they are working to free one person who is trapped in the wreckage A sea of blue lights can we scene with all three services being in attendance at the serious incident that happened on Sunday afternoon. Police have closed the road in both directions and a request for the Hampshire and Isle of ambulance has been made. Witnesses in vehicles trapped within the road closure have said that CPR is being carried out by Paramedics who are in the scene on one patient. An air ambulance from Kent, Surrey and Sussex is now on scene with onboard doctors and paramedics tending to the most seriously injured. Multiple casualties have been injured in the incident according to a spokesperson from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. It is understood that may be as many as 30 person involved. Four air ambulances have been sent to the scene. ?UKNIP.

The grandmother, from Newport, was travelling in a red Fiat Bravo, and three other people in the car were taken to hospital in a serious condition (Picture: UKNIP)

The scene on the Isle of Wight where one person died in a crash involving a double decker bus and two cars. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 14, 2019. See PA story POLICE IsleofWight . Photo credit should read: Jennifer Pegler/PA Wire

The scene on the Isle of Wight where one person died in a crash involving a double decker bus and two cars (Picture: PA)

A car is taken away from scene on the Isle of Wight where one person died in a crash involving a double decker bus and two cars. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 14, 2019. See PA story POLICE IsleofWight . Photo credit should read: Jennifer Pegler/PA Wire

A spokeswoman for Isle of Wight NHS Trust said a ‘major incident’ was declared just after 1.50pm on Sunday, with four people being airlifted to mainland hospitals and 15 taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport (Picture: PA)

Faye Courage wrote: ‘This is a junction i have always hated pulling out of!! Let’s make it safe!!!!’

An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said: ‘Any decision by the council to implement road safety measures is something that would be only done following the advice and input of relevant agencies and experts after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of what happened.’

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Bus operator Southern Vectis said it is 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 on Sunday, with four people being airlifted to mainland hospitals and 15 taken 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.

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