A DOUBLE decker bus left the road near Arreton this evening (Wednesday), prompting a multi-agency response.

The bus left the road near East Lane just before 6pm, remaining on four wheels and coming to a halt inside a farmer’s field.

UPDATE: Arreton bus crash investigation as two remain in hospital

Isle of Wight NHS Trust said there are 13 casualties, none of which are believed to be life-threatening at this time.

Isle of Wight Ambulance sent seven ambulances, two patient transport vehicles, a paramedic officer, a paramedic car, and a tactical commander to the scene.

Firefighters from Newport, Cowes, Shanklin and East Cowes were also in attendance, liaising with ambulance and police crews.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to release two passengers from the bus and handed them into the care of ambulance colleagues.

Peter Clarke, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue station manager, said: “We were working in difficult conditions, with poor light, but worked well together as a team with our multi-agency partners.

“The initial response by the first attending crews was really effective and laid the solid foundation for the resolution of this incident.”

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, said: “Latest reports suggest injuries to some of those on board.

"We wish them a full and speedy recovery, and we will be monitoring their progress closely.

“The safety of our passengers and drivers is our highest priority, and our team is carrying out an immediate investigation to establish the cause of this incident.”

Blackwater Road has since reopened.