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Bodies removed from A3 crash scene as teams prepare to move the coach

The bodies of three people who were killed in a coach crash on the A3 at Hindhead have been removed from the vehicle. Recovery teams have also begun the process of moving the bus.

The wrecked coach involved in a fatal crash in Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The coach will be taken away by recovery vehicle Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Neighbour of coach crash driver says it's a 'tragedy'

The neighbour of coach driver, locally named as Colin Daulby, has spoken out after he was one of three people killed when the coach crashed on the way back from Bestival in the early hours of this morning.

Tom McLoughlin said it was a "tragedy" and described Mr Daulby as "ordinary and hardworking"

Neighbour of driver who was killed in a coach crash when returning from a festival.
Neighbour of driver who was killed in a coach crash when returning from a festival. Credit: ITV Meridian

Watch the full interview at ITV Meridian.

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Tributes paid to driver of coach crash

Tributes were paid to a coach driver, who was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crashed on its way back from a music festival, leaving two others dead and 50 injured.

The coach driver named locally as Colin Daulby, was described by his neighbours in Warrington as an "all round good guy".

The emergency services at the scene of a coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey
The emergency services at the scene of a coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Ann Parsons said: "Colin would always come and chat. He wasn't intrusive but friendly and always had a kind word to say. It's terrible news and his family will be devastated. They are all very close."

Police to investigate if coach had 'too many people' on board

by Martha Fairlie: ITV News Reporter

The police say they are keeping an open mind on the cause of this accident. Road conditions and the weather were both good when the coach veered off the dual carriageway and onto the embankment. Police are now trying to collect every piece of evidence from the scene.

One thing they will be looking at is whether there were more people on board the coach then there should have been. It was designed to carry 51 passengers and one driver, but we know that three people were killed, and 50 passengers were taken from the site to the hospital.

The three who were killed, haven't yet been officially named but we do understand that the driver was Colin Daulby, a man in his early 60s from Warrington. The other two people who have been killed, we understand were festival-goers, both in their 20s.

Merseypride owner reacts to 'tragic' coach crash

David Hannell, owner of Merseypride, the company that the crashed A3 coach belongs to, has said he felt "devastated" on hearing the news.

Speaking outside the company depot in Speke, Liverpool, he said:

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".

He said this was the first serious accident Merseypride had had in 20 years and that the company had cancelled school jobs today because his drivers were not in the right frame of mind.

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Latest images from A3 coach crash

New photos have been released of the scene at the A3 this morning in Surrey after a coach travelling back from Bestival crashed into a tree.

Emergency services at the scene the coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey
Emergency services at the scene the coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have reopened the A3 southbound at Hindhead Tunnel past the scene of the coach crash.

Three passengers have died while 50 are severely injured.

Emergency services at the scene the coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey
Emergency services at the scene the coach crash on the A3 near Hindhead in Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coach company family are 'shocked and sad'

The wife of coach company owner David Hannell has said that the family are "shocked and sad."

The coach, believed to be operated by Merseypride, crashed off the A3 in Surrey late last night.

Eileen Hannell, who lives with her husband in Runcorn, Cheshire, declined to identify the driver but said he had worked for them "for quite a while".

There's nothing we can say because my husband doesn't know that much.I was coming back from holiday and he picked me up at the airport this morning and said, "I've got some sad news."

He had a phone call from the police at 2.30am and was told there were two people in hospital and three people dead."

Nothing like this has ever happened before

As soon as he heard he went into the office and was there all through the night. My husband is busy taking phone calls and trying to find out what's happening - we just don't know.It's awful.

We are all shocked and still trying to take it in. It's very sad.

– Eileen Hannell, wife of Merseypride owner David Hannell

Police fear some of coach injured may lose limbs

by Clare Fallon: ITV News Reporter

Police investigating a coach crash in Surrey say they believe the driver of the coach was among the three people killed when the 51-seater coach crashed off the A3 near Hindhead Bridge and ploughed into a tree.

Police said all the surviving passengers were taken to hospital and that some are being treated for "life-changing injuries."

Asked for details, inspector Richard Mallett from Surrey Police said he thought some of those injured would lose limbs.

He also confirmed the standard of driving would form part of their investigation.

It is understood two of the bodies have not yet been removed from the wreckage.

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