Investigation launched into Hindhead fatal coach crash

AN ONGOING investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fatal coach crash near Hindhead which killed three people and injured 30 is being carried out by Surrey Police.

The 52-seater coach, which was travelling on the northbound carriageway on the A3 near Hindhead, collided with a tree after leaving the carriageway between the Hindhead Tunnel and the Thursley exit, at around 11.50pm.

The passengers involved in the accident, some who have serious injuries were taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, St George’s Hospital in Tooting, King’s College Hospital in London, Frimley Park Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Following the incident, Surrey Police assistant chief constable Jerry Kirkby said: “This has been a tragic day for the families of the deceased and a traumatic incident for all those involved.

“Surrey Police has been working tirelessly to keep people informed and it will be some time before the full facts have been established.

“My thoughts are with those who have suffered as a result of this incident and I would ask people to respect their privacy.”

Fire crews from Haslemere were called at 3am on Tuesday, September 11 to assist on the scene.

A number of casualties were taken to the hospitals across the south-east and currently 13 people remain in hospital.

The coach was returning to Merseyside from the Isle of Wight following the Bestival music festival when the accident occurred.

The A3 northbound was reopened on Tuesday afternoon after being closed for a number of hours.

Concerned relatives have been advised to contact the crash hotline on 0800 056 0154.