AN ELDERLY man has died following a head-on crash near Freshwater on the Isle of Wight this morning (Tuesday).
The collision happened near Tapnell Farm, on the Middle Road, shortly after 8.30am.
Although the investigation is still in its early stages, police believe a school bus carrying children was pulling over to a bus stop when the collision occurred between an overtaking and an oncoming car.
The driver of a blue Ford Fiesta, now known to be a 93-year-old Island man, sustained fatal injuries.
He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10.45am.
His next-of-kin are being notified.
A 54-year-old woman driving a black Volkswagen Polo sustained multiple fractures and was taken by ambulance to St Mary's Hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.
Although it is believed one of the cars struck the side of the school bus, none of the children on board were injured, although some were believed to have been shaken by the experience.
The road remains closed at this time but is due to be reopened shortly.
Senior investigating officer Sgt Dave Sanderson said: "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience to locals while the road has been closed but it is essential for a thorough investigation to be carried out into this very serious collision.
"We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident and can help us establish a clear picture of the circumstances."
Anyone with information can call 101 and ask for Sgt Sanderson, at Shanklin Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Doppio.