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Fans of acts including Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine and many more were exiting the four-day festival on England's Isle of Wight when their 51-seat bus crashed into a tree and flipped over near the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey. Inspector Richard Mallett of Surrey police's traffic division told the London Evening Standard the accident was so serious that "Every survivor was taken to hospital."
"Some of the injuries are so severe that people may lose limbs," Mallett said. "There are people with life-changing injuries. The effect of these will go on for years our hearts go out to their families."
The bus driver, a father-of-two in his 60s, and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital. "The priority is to get the people out of the coach and then we can really begin to look at forwarding the investigation," Mallett said.
The inspector reported that "road conditions or the weather" were not a factor in the crash, and no other vehicles are believed to have been involved.
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