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  • 14 May 2014, 5:04

Cornwall Coach Crash: Driver Held As Two Die

A driver has been arrested after two people were killed and seven others seriously injured when a coach smashed into a wall in Cornwall.

Police were called at around 1pm to the scene of the accident on the A387 at Morval, around three miles from Looe.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 57-year-old man from Exeter has been been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and currently in custody.

Four air ambulances, ambulances, fire crews, doctors and paramedics were sent to the scene of the crash as police declared a "major incident" and the road was closed.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said 54 "mostly elderly" passengers were on the coach at the time of the smash. 

Neil Chevalier from SWASFT told Sky News the coach had been travelling down a steep hill when it crashed.

Eight people were seriously injured and were taken to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, two of them by air ambulance while four were classed as walking wounded after checks by paramedics.

A number of people who were trapped after the impact have since been freed from the vehicle.

The coach had been travelling from the Plymouth direction towards Looe between Sandplace and Widegates when the crash happened.

One local resident told the Cornish Guardian the vehicle appeared to "lose its brakes" at the top of a hill.

She said: "It is dreadful. The coach lost his brakes on the top of the hill at the Snooty Fox and careered down the hill.

"As it did so it turned on its side and all the windows blew out and it lost all the glass.

"All the neighbours have been rushing around making tea for them. We spoke to a few of the people who were coming out of the wreckage. It was a bus full of older people.

"The passengers from the other side of the coach were deeply shocked by it all."

A 69-year-old resident told the paper: "People use the road too fast. Although there are 'slow' signs, people just don't follow them.

"The road is quite bendy, and can be tricky, particularly for big vehicles."

Local MP Sheryll Murray said the crash was "absolutely tragic".

She told Sky News: "I send my deepest sympathies to the family of the person that's died and all those people that are very worried because they have relatives that have travelled to Looe."

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