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UPDATE: Arrest After Fatal Looe Coach Crash

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5:59am 15th May 2014
(Updated 5:59am 15th May 2014)

The driver of a coach that crashed near Looe has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 57 year old man from Exeter has been released on bail until 11th August, after being questioned in Launceston.

Two women have died and dozens more are wounded after it happened at Morval just after lunchtime on Tuesday.

The coach was travelling from Exmouth in Devon for a day out for pensioners.

Passengers trapped inside had to be cut free by the fire service.

Three air ambulances, two rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RMB Chivenor plus at least six land ambulances have been at the scene, alongside fire and police.

The Devon and Cornwall force declared it a "major incident."

Terry lives nearby: "There was a lot of helicopter activity. I came out into the garden and I could see one of them landing in the field across the road. When I came out, then I could see all the yellow uniforms and they were extracting people from the coach and they were actually pulling windows from the coach to get people out."

Derriford says it has put its emergency plans into operation and is receiving the most seriously injured.

A nearby village hall has been used to treat walking wounded, assessing around 40 more people.

The coach was carrying around 54 people - all in their sixties or over.

Pirate FM's Rachel Yates, at the scene, told us: "Ahead of me the road is shut and, through the recovery vehicles, I can see the coach - its back window smashed out and curtains blowing in the wind. Next to the road is a pile of seats."

Neil Chevalier from the ambulance service said: "It's just a very Cornish lane. It's a very steep hill and a typical Cornish road."

Dan Mountain from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Our main concern is obviously the safety of people on the coach.

"There's a number of specialist police units there as well as local policing resources. We believe the coach collided with a hedge - but that will now be subject to a full police investigation."

Traffic is being signed into Looe via the B3359 through Pelynt and out via B3254 through Duloe. The public are advised to follow the diversion signing.

Local MP Sheryll Murray said: "It's just absolutely tragic.

"I would like to pay tribute to all of the rescue services. They do a tremendous job. I know they will be going above and beyond to make sure that the injured who need hospital treatment are transferred as quickly as possible.

"The communities will rally around and will offer comfort to the walking wounded and the other people who are very, very frightened."

In a statement, the operators of the trip, 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 are asking anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to please call police on 101 reference 351 130514.

Anyone concerned their relative may have been on the coach can call Derriford Hospital on 0845 155 8155.

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