English police investigating death of Irish toddler in two-car collision

Saturday 07 July 2012 13.48
The crash happened on Hamelin Way in Torquay
The crash happened on Hamelin Way in Torquay

A two-year-old Irish boy is one of two people who have died in a road crash in Devon in the southwest of England.

The boy's parents, who are in their 30s, are in a critical condition in hospital.

The car, which was carrying the family of three, was in collision with another vehicle on Friday afternoon.

The accident happened on Hamelin Way in Torquay, Devon at around 2.45pm.

The driver of the other car, a Polish man who lived locally, died after he was admitted to hospital.

Paul Netherton, Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, described the incident as "extremely traumatic".

He said the adverse weather conditions throughout England did not contribute to the cause of the collision.

Mr Netherton added: "This was an extremely traumatic incident where emergency services were working on the family at the scene and subsequently in ambulances and at the hospital and has been traumatic on all those involved.

"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.

"We are trying to identify their next of kin in southern Ireland to inform them, and the next of kin for the gentleman who has died have been informed and our thoughts are obviously with the families involved at this time."

Mr Netherton said because the driver of a police car witnessed the crash, the force has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of course.

The officer's police car had not been pursuing the vehicles.