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Hindhead Tunnel crash: 3 dead as Festival coach overturns

Written on:September 11, 2023
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Devastating crash near Hindhead Tunnel is likely to lead to closure of A3 for many hours

A 51-seat coach, returning from a festival on the Isle of Wight, turned over Monday after smashing a tree near the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey. The coach’s overturn has killed three people and wounded several others gravely. The coach, from Aintree in Merseyside, was travelling north on the A3 when the collision occurred near the Hindhead Tunnel late at night on Monday.

The coach left the roadway between the tunnel and the Thursley exit and rammed into a tree.

Wounded passengers have been transported to numerous health clinics. Three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, which indicates the severity of the disaster. The Surrey police force has remarked that a fourth passenger was despatched to Southampton General Hospital with life-changing bodily wounds.

Inspector Richard Mallett has uttered that the coach had undergone a damaging impact because of the collision. He has stated that the road wasn’t slippery. Therefore, the road situation couldn’t have led to the coach’s collision and the subsequent overturn. The overturn has been so horrific that the police force has categorised it as a major incident.

Other vehicles aren’t thought to be connected to the crash. The A3 near Hindhead Tunnel is likely to be inoperative for many hours. Collision specialists were present at the scene to scrutinise the horrendous incident. Surrey Fire and Rescue and South East Coast Ambulance Service were also in existence to provide relief.

Dave Hannel, the proprietor of Merseypride Travel, has despatched his sympathy and condolences to the kith and kin of the victims of the coach crash. Hannel has mentioned to BBC Radio Merseyside that the coach departed from Aintree on Wednesday to voyage to Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

Surrey Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Jerry Kirkby, has empathised with the relatives of the deceased and the wounded. He asserted that the Surrey police force is functioning sincerely with the Merseyside force to identify the passengers and inform their nearest and dearest. The police was operating with other emergency services to present an organised response in sync with protocols.

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