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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.

Police say they will look at CCTV footage after coach crash

Surrey Police Inspector Richard Mallett has given more details about the A3 coach crash, saying that police will study nearby CCTV footage.

Speaking on Sky News, he said:

We would be grateful for any witnesses.

We need to make sure we get the people out properly before we can broaden the investigation. We are reasonably confident that the driver is still in the vehicle.

CCTV will be looked at.

We have a couple of witnesses which we've spoken to.

It's still going to be a considerable amount of time [before all bodies can be removed.

Every survivor was taken to hospital, after that they were taken to a local reception centre, and some were taken home.

– Inspector Richard Mallett, Surrey Police

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Company: Coach on way back from Isle of Wight music festival

by Keri Eldridge: ITV Granada Presenter

The owner of coach company Merseypride Travel has expressed its "deepest condolences to the bereaved" after three of its passengers died in the crash at Hindhead.

The company said the coach was on its way back from Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

The police casualty number is 0800 056 0154.

There is more on this story at ITV Granada.

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