The coach had come to a halt in a ditch, but it was still upright and had not overturned.
Around 30 people were on board and 10 of them were treated for minor injuries while four were taken to hospital.
The driver, a 48-year-old man from Bournemouth, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is helping police with their enquiries.
A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: “Shortly after just half-past-eight we had a call from police to attend an incident where a coach had left the M3.
"We sent a total of three ambulance paramedic cars, as well as two ambulances with two paramedic crews, there was also an air road vehicle with a doctor and paramedic which stayed at the scene for 10 minutes.”
"All the injuries were minor ones like back pain, cuts and bruises. We have taken four patients in two vehicles to Frimley Park Hospital.
"Two were suffering from neck pain, one from shoulder pain and one patient had arm and shoulder pain.”
No other vehicles involved
National Express confirmed the coach was travelling from Bournemouth to London and had stopped at both Southampton and Winchester.
In a statement, a spokesman, said: “We can confirm that one of our vehicles has been involved in an incident on the M3 near Fleet and we are currently in the process of making onward travel arrangements for the customers involved.
"Emergency services attended the scene and we will help them in any investigation into this incident.”
No other vehicles were believed to have been involved. The J4A exit slip road was closed to allow for debris to be cleared and an investigation to take place, causing major delays on the M3 heading into Surrey as diversions were put in place.
Two engines from Rushmoor fire station were sent to the scene as well as crews from Yateley and Basingstoke.
A spokesman for Highways England said: “The incident happened at around 8.29am.
“The carriageway was initially blocked but... the coach has come to rest in a ditch adjacent to the carriageway. A replacement coach has been provided."
Pirate FM report and video tells the story of A Cornish mum says she is shocked police can not do anything after catching a man taking a photo of her bum in the supermarket. 20 year old Gemma Newitt from St Austell has told Pirate FM it has left her "fuming."
The story is also in The Mirror and it reports... According to the Crown Prosecution Service voyeurism is charged if someone is filmed doing a private act or if equipment has been installed. If convicted, an offender can be jailed for up to two years.
DVSA give the punctuality requirements of local bus services in England and Wales as:
If you operate local services, the window of tolerance still requires bus services to depart from timing points up to 1 minute early and 5 minutes late. The punctuality target is also the same – 95% of your registered services need to operate within this window of tolerance.
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National Express (NX) has terminated all its contracts with Nottingham-based YourBus, which was one of the largest contractors. YourBus has put all 35 of its Volvo B9R Caetano Levante coaches up for sale.
“The relationship with NX has been difficult for over two years. We have had continuous problems with vehicles that NX specified, and believe the expectations they put on operators and drivers are demanding and unrealistic.
Mr Dunn adds that, with the long-term decline of the UK coach and bus industry, it prompted the firm’s move to buy two businesses in Australia which “opposite to the UK has seen year-on-year growth.”
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A NEWPORT man who indecently exposed himself near where a five-year-old girl was sitting in a car has avoided jail.
James West, aged 30, of Sedgemoor Court, was found guilty of one count of indecent exposure at Newport Magistrates Court on March 5. He had previously denied the charge.
At Newport Magistrates today the court heard how the complainant had parked in the Emlyn Street car park facing the Newport Leisure Centre in November 2014, with her daughter sitting in the back seat.
She made her way to the nearby pay and display machine to check the price of a ticket. There was one car parked to the left of her vehicle, but none to the right.
The complainant then returned to her car to get money. As she did this, a burgundy car parked to the right of her car, despite there being numerous spaces elsewhere.
She had to walk in between the cars to sit in the driver’s seat and upon returning to the car for a second time, to put the ticket in the windscreen, she glanced to the car on her right to witness West committing a sex act.
She noted the registration plate of his car and went into the leisure centre with her daughter to call the police.
Ian Bolter, defending, said West had no previous convictions of a similar nature and that there was no evidence that the child saw what happened.
Summing up, District Judge Martin Brown said he “could not get his head around someone doing this in a car park” and that it was “impossible to understand”. He said that the incident had affected the complainant, who now feels “more protective” of her daughter.
He added that a prison sentence would have been appropriate had West’s actions “been directed towards her daughter” but that there was no evidence that the child saw what happened.
West, who was on bail for the offence, was sentenced to a one-year community order. He will be supervised by the probation service for 12 months; will have to attend a thinking skills programme; and will have to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
West will also pay £620 in prosecution costs and there will be a £60 victim surcharge.
Mr Brown said that no compensation was awarded as the complainant “wished to have justice” and that money from West would “not help with her rehabilitation”.
From 6 April 2015, the speed limit for HGVs travelling on single and dual carriageways in England and Wales will be increased.
Following consultation and announcements made last year, the national speed limits for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes, travelling on a single carriageway will increase from 40mph to 50mph. The speed limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes, travelling on dual carriageways will increase from 50mph to 60mph.
The limits in Scotland are staying the same. European speed limiter requirements also remain unchanged and must be set at 56mph or lower.
The introduction of the new speed limits will better reflect the need for a modern transport network.