Three dead in coach crash

Three people have died after a coach from Merseyside crashed in Surrey. The group were heading north when the accident happened just before midnight last night.

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Coach driver killed named as Colin Daulby

A coach driver killed taking Merseyside festival goers home has been named as Colin Daulby from Warrington.

Tom McLoughlin, who lives nearby said: "We're all in shock. This is a close knit street everyone knew Colin. I had known him for 20-odd years and spoke to him only the other day."

He also said Mr Daulby "loved" his Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 car and was always tinkering with the engine.

"He was always under the bonnet, fixing one thing or another," the neighbour said.

"I just can't believe he's gone. It's one hell of a shock.

"He was a very good neighbour, an all round good guy."

Sheila Clare, 79, said Mr Daulby used to put out her wheelie bin after she suffered a stroke which left her unable to move heavy objects.

She said: "I never had to ask Colin, he just took it upon himself to help me and that was the kind of man he was."

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Latest on Merseyside coach crash

The coach was on the way back from the Isle of Wight after a music festival when it crashed killing three people including the driver and injuring many more. It's thought some may even lose limbs

The vehicle had reached the A3 at Hindhead when it ploughed headlong into a tree.

Police are expected to look at whether the Merseyside coach that crashed in Surrey was overcrowded. There are 52 seats on board including the driver but there are reports an extra person was on board.

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Merseyside coach crash Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Emergency services at the scene of a coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey, where three people died and others were left seriously injured when the coach overturned after colliding with a tree on an embankment. Click here for the full story.

Merseyside coach crash Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Merseypride - crash is first serious accident in two decades

The owner of Merseypride said a parent of one of the passengers had called him at 4am to say that his son and girlfriend were ok but that nobody seemed to know what had happened because "they were all asleep".

He described the vehicle as a 51-seat "exec coach" which was 16 years old.

He named the driver only as Colin and said he had spoken to the driver's sister who lives in Portsmouth.

He said that the family was "devastated" and that the driver's sister was being "kept in the dark".

"Further to the news of one of our vehicles being involved in a tragic accident on the return journey from the Isle of White festival, myself and the company offer our heartfelt sympathy to all the families of the passengers involved.

"We ourselves are devastated. I've been up all night worried sick about what's been happening."

Mr Hannell said the police had not told him anything and that "nobody seems to know what's happened"

– David Hannell Merseypride owner

Mr Hannell said this was the first serious accident Merseypride had had in 20 years.

He said the company had cancelled school jobs today because his drivers were not in the right frame of mind, adding: "We're all devastated."

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Coach crash latest

Three people have died after a coach from Merseyside crashed and overturned in Surrey. The coach from Merseypride Travel was heading back from Bestival on the Isle of Wight when it happened just before midnight last night.

The owner of the coach company says his sincerest condolences are with the bereaved.

Coach crash victims may 'lose limbs'

Surrey police said:

"The injuries range from life-changing injuries - some people were unconscious when they were taken away from here - we believe some people might lose limbs and certainly there are some life-changing injuries amongst the survivors.

The priority is to get the people out of the coach and then we can really begin to look at forwarding the investigation.

We don't think that the road conditions or the weather were a factor in this."

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