More than 10 people were injured in a crash involving a bus and a car in the south of the island this afternoon (Saturday).
The collision happened at about 3.30pm at Ballakaighan Corner, Castletown. A car and a bus operating the number 2 service were involved.
A road closure has been put in place for Fisher’s Hill, Castletown, from its junctions with the bypass through to Shore Road and its junction with Kentraugh Back Road, including Quine’s Road through to its junction with New Road. Police expect the road closures to be in place until at least 9pm tonight.
Straight after the accident, Noble’s Hospital asked that people should not attend unless it was an absolute emergency as staff were so busy dealing with the incident.
However, at 6.45pm tonight, the Department of Health said that the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department had resumed normal service.
A spokesman said: ‘The public are asked to note however that A&E is currently experiencing a longer than usual waiting period.
‘The GP out-of-hours service MEDS is also available and can be contacted by ringing a GP surgery and listening to the recorded message. For life-threatening emergencies, always dial 999.’
One reader has been in touch to say at least four ambulances went past Castletown towards the hospital.
Witnesses who have been to the scene have told iomtoday.co.im that there were several ambulances, fire appliances and police cars at the scene.
One witness said a silver car involved had had its roof cut off.
A reader has contacted us to say: ‘I was at the crash as it happened. All the passengers and driver were off the bus and looked unhurt.
‘The silver car was very badly damaged and the people in the car looked in a bad way.’
However, iomtoday.co.im understands that some bus passengers were injured and are currently being treated in hospital and the police confirmed that the number of casualties was ‘in double figures’.
We understand that there were four people in the car.
All buses in the south of the island are diverting via Great Meadow to Cross Four Ways to go to Ballabeg and vice versa.
A number has been made available for anyone who might be concerned about relatives or others who may have been travelling on that route.
The number is 01624 697315, and should only be used for this purpose.
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