Cornwall coach crash: Driver arrested after two people are killed and seven seriously injured

Coach 'carrying passengers aged 60 and over' crashed into a wall en route from Plymouth to Looe

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The driver of a coach packed with pensioners that crashed on a steep hill in Cornwall has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, police have said.

Two people were killed and seven more seriously injured in the crash, which happened just before 1pm today as the bus headed from Plymouth to Looe.

Air ambulances, doctors and fire crews raced to the scene, where several people were treated for minor  injuries and two of the casualties were flown to hospital. It is understood that the  57-year-old driver escaped injury and no other vehicles were involved.

Roberta Powley, who lives in the nearby village of No Man’s Land, said: “I was told the coach crashed at the Snooty Fox, and that is up a very steep hill.”

The steep downhill approach into Morval on the A387, in the direction of Looe, has warning signs and a 'slow' sign

Another local told the Cornish Guardian that the coach had “careered down the hill”.

“It turned on its side and all the windows blew out and it lost all the glass,” she said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there were about 40 people on the bus, all believed to be aged 60 or over.