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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Police appeal for witnesses to Cumbria smash where a car to burst into flames

Police appeal for witnesses to Cumbria smash where a car to burst into flames.

The collision occurred on the main A66 road, near to Threlkeld at 9:24am yesterday.

A Mercedes estate did set on fire, but all the occupants were pulled free by members of the public.Police say it was their quick reaction that ensured those involved were taken to safety prior to car igniting.

The occupants of the Mercedes are from the Southampton area. The driver, a man aged 43,  was been take to Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle by air ambulance with serious, potentially life threatening injuries.

The front seat passenger, a woman, aged 43, has also been taken to the same hospital by air  with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Three children, all in their teens were also in the car,  were pulled to safety. Two were taken to Carlisle Infirmary with minor injuries. One has been taken by air ambulance to Newcastle in a more serious condition but not life threatening.

The other vehicle, a Ford Range pickup, was driver by a woman, aged 61, from Sheffield. She was taken to Carlisle Infirmary with minor injuries.

The road was closed for a number of hours

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact the Operational Support Unit at Cumbria Police on 101, quoting log 79 of  April 19 2014.



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