14 May 2014

Accident Yesterday

Sadly there is only really one story today

Two women died and 48 people were injured when a coach careered into a hedge and struck a wall in Cornwall. The coach crashed at Morval, on a steep and winding hill on the approach to the seaside town of Looe. Eight passengers, who were on an Age Concern trip from Exmouth, Devon have been taken to hospital. They are believed to be critically injured. Police said the 57-year-old coach driver had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

One woman died at the scene while a second woman was pronounced dead on arrival at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, the Devon and Cornwall force said. Exeter-based Carmel Coaches, which owns the vehicle, 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."

Steve Dace, of Age Concern, Exmouth, said: "It's been an absolutely dreadful day. "It's been devastating for all concerned and a shock for staff and volunteers at Age Concern. "We have been using the coach company involved for a number of years and they have an excellent reputation. They have done all they can to support those involved in the accident." Three air ambulances, two from Devon and one from Cornwall, were sent to the scene.

Two search and rescue helicopters also attended, one from RNAS Culdrose, near Helston in Cornwall, and one from RMB Chivenor, near Barnstaple in Devon. BBC News Devon

As always our thoughts are for those who have lost loved ones in this awful accident.

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1 comment:

  1. According to the evening herald, they've lost there operating licence, any further info graham?


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