Page last updated at 14:31 GMT, Monday, 22 September 2008 15:31 UK

Two people killed in coach crash

Scene of crash at Staxton
The coach ploughed through a hedge after hitting the car

A couple have died after their car was involved in a crash with a coach carrying youngsters to a marching band competition in North Yorkshire.

The crash was on the A64 at Staxton near Scarborough on Sunday morning.

The occupants of the car, a man and woman from South Yorkshire, died from their injuries, police confirmed.

Six people were injured on the coach, which was carrying adults and children from Pelsall near Walsall to Primrose Valley holiday park in Scarborough.

All had suffered minor injuries and four needed hospital treatment.

Police said the coach driver, a 52-year-old man from the West Midlands, was still in hospital being treated for a wrist injury.

Two killed in A64 coach crash

Det Insp Geoff Carey said that after hitting the car, a Volkswagen Passat, the coach crashed through a hedge and collided with an unoccupied Winnebago-style camper van parked in front of a house.

"Had the Winnebago not been there the bus could have gone into the house," he said.

"The coach was carrying a group of young people as well as adults and they are very shocked.

"They have slight injuries but a great deal of shock."

A North Yorkshire Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said formal identification of the man and woman who died would take place on Tuesday.

The A64, a busy route to the coast, was closed in both directions at Staxton at the junction with the B1249 and re-opened at 2030 BST.

Police have appealed for the occupants of a car, believed to be travelling behind the Passat just before the crash, to contact them.

The police spokeswoman added: "Anyone who believes they may be the occupants are urged to get in touch as they may have valuable information which could help the investigation."




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