Cornwall coach crash: Driver released on police bail

All 50 passengers on board were over the age of 50

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The driver at the wheel of a coach that crashed in Cornwall killing two people has been released on police bail.

A 57-year-old driver from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The coach careered into a hedge and struck a wall on a steep hill at Morval, near Looe, on Tuesday.

Two women died and four passengers remain in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. All 50 passengers were on an Age Concern trip from Exmouth.

Prayers for victims

One woman died at the scene while a second woman was pronounced dead on arrival at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Passengers who were not seriously injured were assessed by medics at the scene before returning later to Exmouth to tearful reunions with relatives.

Town in shock

Exmouth is a Devon seaside town with a strong community and a large population of older people.

The monthly coach trips organised by Age Concern are just one element of a range of regular activities for the elderly here, and the tragic news has left the whole town in a state of shock.

Age Concern, clergy and local councillors all say their thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and say their doors are open to anyone who needs comfort or consolation.

Enid Goldup, a passenger on the coach, said: "When we hit the trees at the side all the glass came in down the side. There was glass everywhere.

"The lady in the corner died, it was really horrible, it was terrible."

Father Trevor Smyth, from All Saints Church in Exmouth, said it was "desperately sad".

"There is great shock and sadness, obviously for the families of those who have died and those who are critically ill.

"Also, those who have been injured - but also for the coach driver, the coach firm and anybody connected with this."

He added an evening Mass would be held at the church at 18:00 BST and "everyone will be praying for them".

A police spokesman said the coach driver, from Exeter, had been released on police bail until 11 August.

Coach crash Two people died after the crash and four are still in hospital
Flowers and a Cornish flag have been left at the crash site Flowers and a Cornish flag have been left at the crash site
Enid Goldup Enid Goldup, a passenger on the coach, said there was glass "everywhere"
Coach crash All the passengers were on an Age Concern coach trip from Exmouth
Coach crash Carmel coaches have extended "deepest sympathies" to those involved
Coach crash All passengers onboard the coach were over 50 years old
Coach crash The coach crashed near the Snooty Fox hotel, on a steep hill going down into Looe

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