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Exmouth women killed in tragic Looe coach crash are named as investigations continue

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

The scene in Looe earlier this month

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Two Exmouth women who died in a tragic coach crash while on a day trip to Cornwall, have been named locally as Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon.

The inquests into their deaths earlier this month, are due to be opened by Cornwall Coroners’ office.

Police are still awaiting formal identification of the two women.

The tragedy, which also left four people seriously injured, happened on Tuesday, May 13, near the coastal town of Looe, and is thought to be one of the worst UK coach crashes in living memory.

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Investigations are continuing into how the vehicle from Exeter-based Carmel Coaches crashed into a hedge at around 1pm while travelling down a hill and negotiating a right-hand bend.

The 57-year-old driver from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail until August.

Investigating officer Inspector Andrew Hamilton said police enquiries to collate evidence to see if any offences have been committed have included gathering witness statements from survivors.

He previously described the aftermath as “horrendous”.

The £13 excursion was organised by Age Concern in Exmouth.

Steve Dace, chief officer at Age Concern’s Exmouth branch, previously described the incident as “tragic and devastating” and said the thoughts of the charity’s trustees, staff and volunteers’ are with the relatives of the deceased.

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