The 65-year-old was discovered unconcious by police officers but was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

A coach driver from South Molton who was discovered yesterday morning (Mon) in a lay-by on the A361 Link Road has been named locally.

Chris Tearall, 65, was discovered unconcious in the Taw and Torridge coach in a lay-by near South Molton by police officers at around 3.25am.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Tony Hunt, Taw and Torridge Coaches managing director, said: “Chris Tearall will be sadly missed by all at Taw and Torridge Coaches.

“He wasn’t just a driver but an operations manager as well, working side by side with the managers in the operational department.

“He was also a fellow coach operator and will be sadly missed through the local area and the industry. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.”

Did you know Mr Tearall? Send your tributes to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.