We received multiple 999 calls just before 12.00 today reporting an accident involving a double decker bus on the B3400 Andover Road, Oakley, in Hampshire.
In total we sent 10 ambulances, our Hazardous Area Response Team, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance critical care car, two officers in rapid response vehicles, a silver commander, two tactical advisors, an emergency doctor and a consultant pre-hospital care practitioner to the scene.
Working with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and Hampshire Police, we were able to assess, triage and care for the large number of people on the bus at the time of the accident.
We took two patients with life-threatening injuries to the major trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton; three patients with serious injuries to University Hospital Southampton; six patients with minor injuries were taken to North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke; we also took three uninjured children to North Hampshire Hospital as a place of safety because they were unaccompanied on the bus at the time of the accident.
A further seven patients were assessed and discharged at the scene as uninjured.
The road closure in both directions remains in place between the Dean Gate Pub and Oakley Village and is not expected to be lifted until this evening. Diversions are in place but please avoid the area if possible.