Child and man die in head-on crash
Jul 07 2012
A two-year-old boy and a man have been killed in a head-on collision which has left the child's parents fighting for their lives.
The high-speed crash happened in Hamelin Way, Torquay, Devon, at around 2.45pm on Friday.
A black Vauxhall Vectra driven by a Polish man in his 20s, collided with a car carrying the family-of-three from Ireland, between Gallows Gate and Kerswell Gardens.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the mother and father remained in a "critical life threatening condition" in hospital and police were working to contact their next of kin. The incident was witnessed by a police officer, who went to help immediately.
All four occupants of the cars were taken by air and land ambulances to Torbay Hospital in Torquay and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The driver of the Vauxhall Vectra was arrested before being taken to hospital, where he subsequently died.
Police family liaison officers are with the family of the man, who lived in Torquay.
Paul Netherton, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, described the incident as "extremely traumatic".
He said: "It was a head-on collision at speed. The black Vectra was coming down the hill and appears to have swerved into the path of the oncoming car. The members of the family are in a critical life-threatening condition in Derriford and Torbay hospitals.
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