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Jury out in Looe coach crash trial

The crash happened near the Snooty Fox country hotel in 2014. Photo: ITV News

A jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of a coach driver accused of causing death by dangerous driving, after the coach he was driving crashed in Cornwall killing two elderly passengers.

60 year old Martin Chun denies 3 charges, causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The vehicle was carrying passengers aged 60 and over. Credit: ITV News

The coach was carrying a party of pensioners from Devon to Looe when it crashed on a sharp bend in Morval, just a few miles from its destination.

The two passengers who died were 59 year old Margaret Luxton, and Carol Maldon who was 68.

The two of the crash victims died. Credit: ITV News

It's alleged he was unable to concentrate on his driving while speaking on the telephone using a hands free set. One call lasted 8 minutes and was made at the time of the crash.

At the time Chun denied making calls but yesterday he admitted speaking to his son on the telephone.

Giving evidence at Truro Crown Court he admitted he had been on the telephone, but claims this did not distract him. He also claims the brakes on the coach weren't working. The trial continues.