A3 crash victim 'beautiful son'

The family of a teenager who died when a coach crashed on its way back from the Bestival music festival said today it had lost a "beautiful son and a beautiful person". 18-year-old Michael Molloy died when the vehicle veered off the A3 in Surrey.

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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. Credit: ITV Meridian


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. 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."

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

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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