The three people who were killed when a coach returning from Bestival crashed into a tree have been named.
Festival goers Michael Molloy, 18 and Kerry Ogden, 23 as well as the driver of the coach, 63-year-old Colin Daulby, were killed late Monday night, reports the Daily Mail.
Molloy’s family said in a statement: “Michael was a talented musician who had a promising career ahead of him. He was a beautiful son and a beautiful person, both inside and out, the kindest and sincerest heart we’ve ever known. We never imagined we would lose the most perfect son and brother. We are totally devastated.”
As well as the fatalities, a number of others were seriously injured on September 10 after the weekend festival on the Isle of Wight. As of last night (September 11), 11 of the passengers remain in hospital.
The 51-seater coach was going north on the A3 in Surrey when the crash happened near the Hindhead Tunnel at 11.50pm (BST). According to BBC News, 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.
Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Kirkby said that the incident made for “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.”
He added: “My thoughts are with those who have suffered as a result of this incident and I would ask people to respect their privacy.”
The coach was owned by Merseyside Travel, whose owner Dave Hannel said that the coach left Aintree on Wednesday to travel to Bestival on the Isle of Wight and would have been returning home.
A 35-year-old-man also died in hospital after being found unconscious in his camper van at the festival on Saturday night.