Cash fund for festival coach crash victims

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THE Bestival music festival is setting up a charity fund to help people affected by the A3 coach crash which killed three passengers and injured 50.

The vehicle was taking festivalgoers back to Merseyside from Portsmouth on September 10 when it left the road at a bend near the Hindhead tunnel and hit an oak tree on an embankment.

Bestival promoter Robert Gorham – better known as BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank – confirmed plans to set up a fund on Twitter yesterday.

‘We will be launching a Bestival fund for those affected by the crash in next 24 hours,’ he wrote.

It came as police formally identified the third crash victim as Kerry Lynne Ogden, 23, of Maghull, Liverpool.

Her distraught father, Rob Ogden, said: ‘She was doing what she loved most – she loved her music that’s why she was at the festival.

‘She had a very kind, understanding nature and we’re devastated.’

A police investigation into the crash continues.