Officers from Hampshire Roads Policing are currently dealing with a serious road collision in Oakley involving a double-decker bus. All three emergency services are currently at the scene. A road Closure has been put in place at Andover Road and Rectory Road to Deane Park in both directions.
Both South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Fire and rescue have also been sent to the incident. Fire crews from Overton, Whitchurch and Basingstoke which consists of four fire appliance and Rescue support are at the scene. Fire crews were called at 12.07pm on Thursday by the ambulance service.
Hampshire fire and rescue have also sent a command and control vehicle.
A spokesperson has said that crews are carrying out scene safety but was unable to confirm how many people are trapped.
The double-decker overturned on the B3400, Andover Road, in Oakley, which is currently closed in both directions. It is unclear how many people are on the bus or how many have been injured
A spokesman for South Central ambulance services said that they have 10 ambulances at or heading toward the serious accident
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area at this time.
The driver of the bus had a seizure and lost control. The condition of the driver is not known.
UPDATE 2.40pm: Hampshire Police have released a statement:
Police were called at midday following the single vehicle collision on the B3400 Andover Road.
At the time 19 people were on the bus.
We can confirm that five people have suffered serious injuries, six people have minor injuries and eight were uninjured.
The road is closed in both directions between the Deane Gate Inn and Oakley Village.
It is expected to remain closed until later this evening, so please avoid the area if possible.
Diversions are in place.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will be working with our partners to ensure the road is opened as quickly as possible.s
Statement from South Central ambulance service:
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.