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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Air ambulances called to road crash in north Cumbria

Two air ambulances were called to a two-vehicle collision in north Cumbria this afternoon.

Welton digger crash photo
The crash scene at Welton

Three people were injured, two seriously.

The B5299 road will be closed for "the next few hours", said police.

The crash, outside the Royal Oak pub in Welton, involved a car and a 'mini' digger and happened at about 3pm.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said one of the three was trapped under the digger and an elderly couple were trapped in the car.

All were cut free by firefighters and taken to hospital by air ambulance and land ambulance.

The two seriously hurt casualties - an elderly man and the man trapped under the digger - were flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. The woman was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service sent two helicopters to the incident. Two fire appliances from Carlisle were at the scene, together with six police vehicles.

A police road block was set up at Dalston to turn cars back.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place via the A595 and B5305 roads.

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