Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

UPDATE: Arrest After Fatal Looe Coach Crash

coach 4
Submit this page to reddit

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.

morval coach crash morval coach crash

Approximate location of the accident

5:59am 15th May 2014

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
police accident

UPDATE: A38 re-opened after three-vehicle crash

Emergency services were called to 'number of casualties'

police accident

UPDATE: Three-vehicle crash blocks busy A38

There is slow traffic between Bodmin and Liskeard

sad dog

Case of 'deadly' dog disease confirmed in Cornwall

Make sure you know these signs of Alabama Rot

children in the snow

The school closures after the snow in Cornwall

Dozens are shut or opening late on Monday

Top articles

A bogus police scam sweeps Cornwall and Devon

Cornwall News: Fake officers threaten arrest over tax debts

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Prezzo agrees rescue deal to shut 94 restaurants

National News: Restaurant chain Prezzo has won agreement from creditors on a rescue deal that will see it close 94 of its 300 restaurants.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Rod Stewart: Elton John's tour 'stinks of selling tickets'

Showbiz News: Rod Stewart has criticised Elton John's planned Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour for being "dishonest" and "not rock'n'roll".

Terror expert: France hostage situation was 'atypical' attack carried out by 'amateur'

World News: A British terror expert has said a hostage situation in the south of France was an "atypical" attack carried out by an "amateur".

Gerard Pique believes Pep Guardiola lost faith in him before leaving Barcelona

Sports News: Gerard Pique believes Pep Guardiola lost faith in him before he left his role as Barcelona boss in 2012.

Temporary export ban slapped on lobster phone to stop Salvador Dali artwork leaving UK

Strange News: A Government minister has stepped in to stop one of Salvador Dali's iconic white lobster telephones from leaving the UK.

Newer article

Cornish Hospital To Close

Cornwall News: Officials say Poltair can not be brought up to 21st century standards

Older article

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall