Torquay crash: Mother loses unborn baby

Crash scene
Image caption Police are trying to trace the family's next of kin

A mother whose two-year-old son died in a head-on collision has also lost her unborn baby, police said.

The family, on holiday from Ireland, were driving along Hamelin Way in Torquay when the head-on crash happened at about 14:45 BST on Friday.

Medical staff operated on the 36-year-old mother at Derriford hospital but were unable to save the baby. The woman remains in a critical condition.

Her husband, 39, who was driving, is in intensive care after surgery.

The male driver of the second car, who is believed to be a Polish national from Torquay, was arrested at the scene but later died.

Police witness

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were "extremely concerned" for the parents.

Twenty-five emergency vehicles attended the incident, including three air ambulances. The road was closed for 10 hours.

The major crime investigation team and the serious collision investigation unit are conducting a joint investigation into the crash.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating "as a matter of course" because a police officer witnessed the collision, although his police car had not been in pursuit of the vehicles.

Police said family liaison officers had been appointed to support the families of those involved in the crash.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact the police.

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