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M1 fatal crash coach driver bailed

Three men who had been in the car have been pronounced dead. A fourth man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Image caption Three men who had been in a hatchback car were pronounced dead

A coach driver arrested after a crash on the M1 in Bedfordshire in which three men died has been bailed.

The coach, carrying a cheerleading team from Kent, was in collision with a car near Flitwick at 06:45 GMT on Saturday.

Two men from Buckinghamshire, who were passengers in the Audi car, and a third man, the driver, from London, died.

The coach driver, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been released on unconditional bail.

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Image caption The coach involved in the crash was carrying a cheerleading team

He must return to Bedfordshire Police headquarters in Kempston in May.

A fourth man, who was also a passenger in the car, was taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and is said to be in a critical but stable condition following surgery.

Police said it was now known that all three passengers in the Audi A3 were men in their 20s who were returning to their Buckinghamshire homes following a night out in London.

All next of kin have been informed.

None of the victims will be named until formal identification has taken place and inquests are opened and adjourned.

No-one in the coach, a group of 60 women and three men in their late teens and early 20s, was hurt.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision, which happened on the northbound hard shoulder of the M1 between junctions 12 and 13

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