Public investigation to be held into travel firm following fatal Bestival crash

Date set for inquiry into Merseypride Travel following 2012 incident

Public investigation to be held into travel firm following fatal Bestival crash

Photo: Jenn Five/NME

A public inquiry into a travel company has been ordered following a crash that killed three people leaving Bestival in 2012.

Festival-goers Michael Molloy, 18, (pictured right) and Kerry Ogden, 23, as well as the driver of the coach, 63-year-old Colin Daulby, were killed leaving the festival, in September 2012. BBC News today reports that the Traffic Commission have confirmed a public inquiry into Merseypride Travel will take place on December 16.

Reports at the time stated that the 51-seater coach was going north on the A3 in Surrey when the crash happened near the Hindhead Tunnel at 11.50pm (BST). The coach veered off the carriageway between the tunnel and the Thursley exit and hit a tree. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Merseypride Transport's passenger transport licence and company boss Tracey Hannell's repute and professional competence will be considered at the hearing next month, which will take place at at the commissioner's office in Goldborne near Warrington. The commissioner has powers to curtail, suspend or revoke an operator's licence.

"The office of the Traffic Commissioner has been notified of convictions recorded against a partner named on the operator licence held by David Hannell and Tracey Hannell trading as Merseypride," a spokesman said. "These offences were referred to the Traffic Commissioner for the north west of England, Beverley Bell, who determined that the matters should be examined at a public inquiry."

In August, Merseypride Travel boss Hannell was prosecuted and fined £4,300 after it was revealed that the crash was caused by a 20 year old tyre bursting on the coach. The fine came after Hannell was found guilty of allowing the use of a vehicle with a tyre with ply or cord exposed and permitting the number of passengers to exceed the number of seats on the vehicle.

Bestival 2012 took place from September 6-9 and featured headline sets from New Order, Florence And The Machine and Stevie Wonder.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Skrillex, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs, Duran Duran added to Sónar festival bill
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to release acid house LP
Run The Jewels share 'Lie, Cheat, Steal' video - watch
Everything Everything: 'If you put out a record this year and it's all smiles, then...
Students launch petition to name east London University building after Wiley
Sinead O'Connor withdraws application to join Sinn Fein
Sleaford Mods back crowdfunded documentary 'about the band and state of modern Britain'
Björk on 'Vulnicura' album leak: 'There's no way to say how you'd...
Drenge on new album 'Undertow': 'One song just screams 'Fleetwood Mac'
Liam Howlett confident ahead of new Prodigy album: 'I've been feeling these new...
Taylor Swift tells hackers who claim to have nude pictures of her: 'you got nothing'
Noel Gallagher: 'new album is is full of songs that make you punch the air while crying'
Carl Barât says he 'needs therapy' now that his Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty is clean
The Cribs say new album is 'their poppiest record since 'Men's Needs, Women's...
Sam Smith responds after US DJ Howard Stern calls him a 'fat ugly motherfucker'
Tom DeLonge says Blink-182 'haven't talked in months'
Carl Barât & The Jackals announce one-off UK show
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus confirms conversations about replacing drummer Travis Barker did...
Faith No More announce release of new single 'Superhero'
L7 announce reunion and European gigs
Drenge announce new album 'Undertow'
The Charlatans to play Brits Week gig at London's Brooklyn Bowl

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM