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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Biker flown to Newcastle hospital after crash

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a car.

The 45-year-old was being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, following the collision, which closed the main road from Carlisle to west Cumbria.

Although serious, his injuries, said to affect his upper-body, are not thought to be life-threatening.

The crash happened on the A595 at its junction with the B5305, near Wigton, at 1.15pm. The road reopened shortly before 5pm.

It involved a black and red Yamaha motorbike ridden by the injured man, from Cockermouth, and a red Hyundai i10, driven by a 71-year-old woman from Wigton. She was not hurt.

Speaking at the scene, Sgt Darren Bowden, from Cumbria police’s operational support unit, said the rider had been travelling from Workington towards Carlisle.

The road was closed for about an hour while the man was treated and airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance’s Pride of Cumbria helicopter and the scene cleared.

An investigation into the cause of the collision was been launched.

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