THREE people were killed when a tyre that was nearly 20 years old blew out on a coach returning from a music festival, an inquest heard.
Colin Daulby was in control of the 52-seat vehicle as it headed north on the A3 in Surrey from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight when the front nearside tyre gave way.
It caused the coach to veer to the left, mount the embankment, crash through a fence and into a tree.
Mr Daulby, 63, from Warrington, died in the crash along with Kerry Ogden, 23, of Maghull, Liverpool, and another passenger, musician Michael Molloy, 18, from Woolton, Liverpool.
As previously reported, Mr Daulby had been staying with his sister at her Eastney home after dropping revellers off at the festival.
After leaving his sister’s house, he left Portsmouth to transport people back to Merseyside on September 10 last year. He was described at the hearing in Woking, Surrey, as a safe and considerate driver.
Tyre expert David Price said several of the six tyres on the coach were old with the one that burst being 19-and-a-half years old. The hearing was set to recommence today.