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13/05/2014 16:12 BST | Updated 14/05/2014 11:59 BST

Cornwall Coach Crash Leaves Two Dead And Scores Injured

A survivor of the coach crash that killed two people and injured 54 has spoken of the "terrible" scenes she witnessed.

The vehicle, believed to be carrying passengers aged 60 and over, crashed into a hedge on the A387 at Morval, near Looe in Cornwall, at around 1pm on Tuesday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

According to the Mail, the driver of the coach has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail.

The vehicle reportedly "suffered a brake failure" on a hill and crashed, blowing out with windows.

Survivor Enid Goldup told BBC Spotlight: "When our coach hit the trees at the side all the glass came in all down the side there.

"There were glass shards everywhere. We were in the seat in front of the back seat and the lady in the corner, of course she died.

"Oh, it was really horrible, it was terrible."

A police spokesman said: "The collision has been declared a major incident and numerous emergency services are at the scene dealing with the collision."

As well as the two fatalities, eight other people were seriously injured, with a further 45 walking wounded being treated at a nearby village hall, according to South West Ambulance Service.

Three air ambulances, one from Cornwall and two from Devon, were sent to the crash site and one seriously injured person was flown by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, the SWAS spokesman said.

The coach was travelling towards Looe from the direction of Plymouth, between Sandplace and Widegates, when the incident occurred.

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The ambulance service later revised its figures downwards to one dead, eight seriously injured and four walking wounded, after passengers had been checked over by paramedics.

All eight seriously injured have been taken to Derriford, two of them by air ambulance, a spokesman said.

Roberta Powley, who lives in the nearby village of No Man's Land, said she had been told the coach had been taking pensioners on a trip to Looe when it crashed near the Snooty Fox country hotel.

Passengers have been taken to the nearby Memorial Hall, where locals are handing out tea and coffee.

Mrs Powley said: "I think they were all OAPs on a trip. they were heading down to Looe. They have opened up what used to be the Memorial Hall in Morval and giving them tea and coffee.

"I was told the coach crashed at the Snooty Fox, and that is up a very steep hill going down into Looe."