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Friday, 19 September 2014

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11 rescued from snowy Cumbrian pass as roads are closed

Eleven people were rescued from cars trapped in snow on Kirkstone Pass as winter storms struck.

Three people were hurt following a two vehicle road traffic collision.

Kirkstone Pass was closed yesterday due to snow.

Police have advised that the road will remain closed for the rest of today and will be assessed again tomorrow.

Langdale and Ambleside and Patterdale mountain rescue teams were called to help the North West Ambulance Service after the ambulance sent to the crash became stuck in snow.

A spokesman for Langdale and Ambleside said: “One person was evacuated with back injuries and there were two walking wounded.
“Approximately eight other people were evacuated from the road because it was blocked by the snow and crashed vehicles.
“It would be fair to say that the road was not in any condition to be used before the collision occurred.”

A yellow warning for high winds for Cumbria from the Met Office remains in place today. Heavy rain is due later today, tailing off tomorrow, but no more snow is imminent.

Police have also confirmed the A5087 between Rampside and Newbiggin is closed due to high sea levels and debris being washed onto road.

And Hardknott and Wrynose Passes are considered closed due to icy road conditions.

The B5300 at Dubmill Point Allonby is also closed due to the high tide and strong winds diversions are in place.

 

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