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Fatal coach crash driver shouted 'brakes have failed'

Passengers on a coach which crashed in Cornwall killing two elderly women said they heard the driver shout that its brakes had failed.

The driver Martin Chun is on trial at Truro Crown Court accused of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Carol Muldoon

The coach crashed on a steep bend near Looe in May 2013. Two passengers died, Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon.

Statements were read to the court from passengers who said they heard Chun shout that his brakes had failed.

Margaret Luxton

A motorist coming the other way said he saw the coach on his side of the road and thought 'What the hell is going on.'

The trial continues.


Flooding affecting train services in Cornwall

Replacement bus services are running on Great Western Railway between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding at Looe.

The bad weather has meant that trains will be unable to run between Liskeard and Looe until approximately 12:45. Buses are replacing trains between these stations.

There is also a 50mph speed limit across the whole of the GWR network. Source.

The service between Par and Newquay is also affected by flooding at St Columb Road, which is expected to last until 14:00.

Driver pleads not guilty to causing deaths by dangerous driving in Looe coach crash

The victims were on an Age Concern trip when the coach crashed on 13 May 2014 Credit: ITV News

A 59 year old coach driver has denied causing the deaths of two women in a crash in Cornwall two years ago.

Martin Chun, of Whitestone near Exeter, pleaded not guilty at Truro Crown Court to causing the deaths of 59-year-old Margaret Luxton and 68-year-old grandmother Carol Muldoon.

Both the women were from Devon Credit: ITV News

Chun also denied a second charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to four passengers in the same alleged incident in May 2014 at Morval near Looe.

The Carmel Coaches vehicle was taking around 50 elderly passengers on an Age Concern organised trip from Exmouth to Looe when the crash happened on the A387 road.

Chun has been bailed and his trial has been set for August this year.

Man jailed for shooting woman in the head

Peter Roberts has been jailed for a total of five years Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has been sentenced to a total of five years in prison after shooting a woman in the head with an air rifle in Looe in September 2014.

Peter Roberts, 46, of Millendreath, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court today, 21 December.

The sentence was made up of 2.5 years for the wounding of the woman hurt in the shooting, 15 months for firearms offences uncovered during the investigation of this shooting, and 15 months for a separate affray in Looe.

The 57-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury as a result of being shot in Millendreath car park. It happened at around 11pm on 28 September 2014.

A 57-year-old woman was seriously hurt after being shot in the head in Millendreath car park Credit: ITV News

“This was a particularly serious injury caused by the inappropriate use of an air rifle.

“It is fortunate the injury suffered was not more serious. It has caused tremendous stress to the victim and she depends to a great degree on the support of her family.

“This incident has changed the lives of all of those involved. It serves as a warning that any firearm can prove very dangerous if used in the wrong way.”

– Detective Inspector Steve Hambly, Senior Investigating Officer

The firearm used has never been recovered.

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