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Isle of Wight council responds to petition following fatal collision

The Isle of Wight Council has responded to a petition calling for new road safety measures, after a fatal collision near Newport on Sunday (14 April).

A woman in her 60s died, four people were airlifted to hospital, and 14 others were taken to hospital as a precaution, after a crash between two cars and a double-decker bus on Forest Road near Newport.

The woman who died has since been named by police as Yvonne Copland, aged 64, from the Shide area of Newport.

Following the collision a petition was launched calling for traffic lights to be installed on Forest Road (the A3054) 'where the blind spot is'.

In less than a day, it received more than 2,000 signatures.

The petition reads:

"In order to prevent further accidents, Island Roads needs to install traffic lights immediately.

"The IW Council must instruct Island Roads to do so now, and call an emergency Full Council and/or Cabinet meeting to approve this decision, if necessary."

In response, the Isle of Wight Council said it won't be able to implement any road safety measures until a 'thorough investigation' is carried out into the circumstances of the collision.

The council's full statement read:

"The council understands public concern about what has happened at Forest Road and expresses its sympathies to all those who have been affected.

"Relevant Island agencies and the police are still investigating the causes of this incident and, until they have completed their work, it is inappropriate to comment further.

"In general terms, any decision by the council to implement road safety measures is something that would be only done following the advice and input of those relevant agencies and experts after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of what happened.

"The council hopes the public will understand this cannot be done immediately."


The family of 64-year-old Yvonne who died in the collision released the following tribute on Monday (15 April):

“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. 

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

Yvonne Copland, 64, from Shide in Newport. Photo: Hampshire Police

Police Appeal

Hampshire Police have launched an appeal for witnesses of the collision, and are keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage of the vehicles or the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44190129002.


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