Bestival coach crash in Surrey kills three

Coach full of festival-goers crashes late last night

Bestival coach crash in Surrey kills three

Photographer:Jim Stewart

Chris Swindells - 11 September 2012

The 51-seat coach was taking festival-goers north on the A3 at 23:50 hours last night (Monday September 10) when the crash happened near the Hindhead Tunnel, as the vehicle left the carriageway between the tunnel and the Thursley exit and hit a tree.

Three people were declared dead at the scene and injured passengers have been taken to a number of different hospitals, including one airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with life-changing injuries, police have reported.

The A3 was closed in both directions as Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene, along with crash investigators.

Dave Hannel, owner of Merseypride Travel, said the coach left Aintree on Wednesday to travel to Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside he would like to send his condolences to the families of the people involved in the crash.

The tragic incident follows a sun-stroked weekend of fun, fancy-dress and good music on the Isle of Wight as Bestival welcomed Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine and New Order to headline the event.

Click here for our Bestival review.


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