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Help for victims of festival coach crash

11 September 2012

The Red Cross has been giving emergency support to victims of a coach crash that killed three people in Surrey late at night on Monday 10 September. 

Volunteers have offered practical and emotional help to people affected by the accident, at a rest centre and nearby hospitals.

The coach was taking about 50 people from the Bestival music festival, on the Isle of Wight, to Merseyside. It crashed on the A3 near the Hindhead Tunnel at 11.50pm.

A Red Cross fire and emergency support service (FESS) team and Red Cross ambulances offered support at the scene of the crash, a rest centre set up nearby by Waverley Council, and hospitals in the area until 6am the following day.

Volunteer and Surrey FESS coordinator John Drudge said: “The FESS unit was despatched to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey to work from there. A lot of people were very traumatised.

“They had minor injuries and were very upset by what has happened. We gave out drinks and chocolate and provided clothing to some people, and footwear."

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