Torquay crash leaves child, 2, and man dead

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

A two-year-old child and a man have been killed in a two-car crash in Devon which left the child's parents in a critical condition in hospital.

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

The man who has died, from Torquay, was in the other car. He had been arrested at the scene and taken to hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police are trying to trace the family's next of kin.

'Really traumatic'

All four occupants of the cars were taken by air and land ambulances to Torbay Hospital in Torquay and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The driver of the Vauxhall Vectra, who was believed to be Polish, was arrested before being taken to hospital, where he subsequently died.

The mother and father are still being treated.

The driver of a police car witnessed the crash and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton said the IPCC referral was made "as a matter of course" because the police officer saw the collision.

He said the officer's police car had not been in pursuit of the vehicles.

Mr Netherton said: "This was a really traumatic incident for the emergency services, especially with a young child involved."

Police said the road would be closed until further notice.

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