Coach crashes on M3 after driver 'loses consciousness'
- 7 January 2013
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
A coach with 26 passengers overturned on the M3 in Hampshire after the driver lost consciousness after feeling unwell, police said.
The accident happened at about 18:00 GMT on Sunday on the southbound carriageway, a mile from Fleet services.
Hampshire police said eight people had been taken to hospital. All but two have since been discharged.
The carriageway was shut from junction 4a to 5 but reopened early on Monday.
Passengers on the Dutch-registered coach were travelling to Southampton to begin a cruise.
Seven of those taken to hospital for medical treatment had minor injuries, a police spokeswoman said.
All of the passengers on board the vehicle were Dutch, she added.
Sgt Lyndon Barrett of Hampshire Constabulary said: "There were 26 passengers on board, plus the driver. The driver had become unwell and lost consciousness and the vehicle left the carriageway."
He added: "Passengers have been conveyed to hotels in Southampton where they will meet a cruise ship tomorrow [Monday]."
Fourteen ambulances were sent to the scene.
Andy Newton of South East Coast Ambulance Service described it as "potentially a very serious incident.".
The driver of the coach is said to be in a comfortable condition in Frimley Park Hospital.
One female passenger also remains in hospital, with minor injuries.
The southbound carriageway was closed for several hours causing long tailbacks.