An Irish couple remain in a critical condition in an English hospital after the road crash that killed their young son and unborn baby.

The couple, who are in their 30s, were seriously injured when their car collided with another vehicle in Torquay in Devon yesterday afternoon.

Their two year-old son and the Polish driver of the other car were killed in the crash on Hamelin Way with police confirming that the couple also lost their unborn baby.

The Vauxhall Vectra the Polish man was driving collided with a Volkswagen Golf carrying the family at 2.45pm.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said the 36-year-old mother and 39-year-old father have undergone operations.

He said: "The male driver remains in intensive care in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth and in a critical condition having undergone surgery.

"The 36-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger, was initially conveyed to Torbay Hospital but later transferred by land ambulance to Derriford Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

"The female casualty was pregnant and an operation was carried out to save the unborn child. However, the child did not survive."

The names of the Irish family have not yet been released. It is understood that they were on holiday in Devon.