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Three Killed When Bus Crashes Into Tree After Leaving Bestival

New Order, Stevie Wonder performed at Isle of Wight festival

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September 12, 2012 8:00 AM ET

A bus leaving the Isle of Wight's Bestival crashed in Surrey, England, killing the driver and two passengers and injuring 50 others, reports the London Evening Standard. The privately hired bus was on the way to Merseyside when it smashed into a tree and overturned near the Hindhead tunnel. Three people were declared dead at the scene and a fourth was airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries. All passengers were between the ages of 22 and 28.

Police say the bus may have been overstuffed, counting 53 people, including the driver, on a vehicle with a capacity of 51 passengers. No passenger escaped unharmed. Bestival featured Florence and the Machine, Stevie Wonder, New Order, the xx and more.

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