Update: Arrest made after fatal Exmouth coach trip crash

17:36 13 May 2014

The scene of today

The scene of today's coach crash near Looe.

Archant

Police say they have made an arrest following the crash in Looe, involving a coach party from Age Concern Exmouth, in which two people have died.

A spokesman said: “Police investigating the fatal coach collision can confirm the driver of the coach, a 57 year-old man from Exeter, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

“He has been taken into police custody at Launceston.”

The spokesman added: “The bus was operated by Carmel and police believe it was being used for a trip organised by Age Concern from Exmouth.

“Police can now confirm both the deceased are women.”

Police have also said that anyone concerned their relative may have been on the coach can call Derriford Hospital on 0845 1558155.

As previously reported, as well as the two fatalities, seven other people were taken to hospital by air ambulance, and four others by land ambulance.

The remainder were treated at the scene for ‘walking wounded’ injuries.

Pauline Gaunt from the Confederation of Passenger Transport, speaking on behalf of Carmel, confirmed the incident involved an Age Concern coach from Exmouth.

In a statement on its website, Carmel Coaches said: “Carmel Coaches extends our deepest sympathies to those involved in today’s accident.

We are co-operating with the authorities in the investigation of this tragic event.”

Police say they were called to the incident on the A387 at Morval near Looe in Cornwall at around 1pm today, in which the coach collided with a hedge, and have declared it a major incident.

The coach was carrying around 40 people, who police say are all believed to be aged in their 60s and over.

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: “Our thoughts are with all the individuals involved with the crash, and their families. Devon County Council and the NHS are helping uninjured passengers return home this evening, and others requiring care into local community hospitals nearer home. Devon County Council will be supporting all those involved.”

Update: The driver was released on police bail on Tuesday evening.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Thu, 11:00
Exmouth Mayor Bill Nash hands over this years Mayors charity cheque to Helen Crossfield of The Samaritans. Ref exe 9996-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Exmouth’s Christmas Cracker – and other events around the town – has raised more than £1,500 for the local branch of The Samaritans. Exmouth mayor, Councillor Bill Nash, presented Helen Crossfield, branch manager of Exeter, Mid and East Devon Samaritans, with a cheque at the town hall’s recent Christmas party.

Read more
Thu, 09:57
Show of Hands double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston are one of the highlights of Otterton Mill's spring music season.

East Devon’s Otterton Mill has announced the line-up for its spring music season.

Read more
Wed, 21:27
Laser sailing boats.; Photo by Simon Horn Ref shsp 9302-34-10SH

It’s been a quiet time on the water lately for all at Exe Sailing Club, as the wind has not played ball, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Mon, 21:22
Football generic picture

Exeter City Football Club has announced that, owing to a variety of reasons, the need to secure a loan from the PFA to assist cash-flow over the short term will not now be necessary, writes Richard Dorman.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition
Honiton�s trusted business finder