Three people killed in Bestival coach smash

Three killed, several injured as coach crashes in Surrey on way back up north from festival

Three people were killed and several injured after a coach returning from Bestival crashed into a tree near the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey.

The Merseyside coach was going north when the crash happened at around ten to midnight last night.

Three were declared dead at the scene, with a fourth person airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with what was described as ‘life-changing injuries’.

Eight others are being treated in hospitals around the South East, while others who were injured have now been sent home.

Surrey police have declared the crash to be a ‘major incident’.

Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said: ‘We are working with our colleagues from the other emergency services and other partner agencies to provide a co-ordinated response in line with agreed protocols.

‘Our thoughts remain with the relatives of the dead and the injured at this time and we are working very hard to notify their next of kin.’

Bestival’s organisers have released a statement confirming that they are working with Surrey Police to establish what happened.

They also said: ‘This is devastating news. Our thoughts are with the relatives of those affected by this tragic incident.’

Around 50,000 people had attended the festival, held last weekend at the Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight.

Surrey Police force has set up a helpline for anybody concerned about friends and relatives. The number is 0800 056 0154.

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