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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Boy, 5, still in serious condition after Warcop crash

A young boy is still in hospital with serious head injuries after a crash which blocked a major road through Cumbria for several hours.

Air ambulance photo
Air ambulance at the crash scene

The five-year-old was badly hurt in the accident which also saw his mother, father and sister injured on the A66 at Warcop.

He was taken to the major trauma unit of the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where his condition was today said to be “stable”.

The family car was involved in a collision with a lorry driven by a man from Workington. He and his passengers, one man from Cockermouth and another from Whitehaven, were not injured.

It is understood that the family were travelling from their home in Teesside when the accident happened at around 4pm on Friday. The road, which police say was busy with weekend traffic, was closed in both directions for three hours.

The boy was airlifted to James Cook by the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance. His condition on arrival was said to be serious.

The car was being driven by his 32-year-old father. His mother, 25, was a front seat passenger and the injured boy and his sister were passengers in the back.

His mother was also flown to James Cook by the North West Air Ambulance, while his father and sister were taken there by road ambulance.

The crash closed the A66 road in both directions.

Firefighters from the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service were called to scene of the accident.

They used cutting equipment to remove the roof of the car so that the casualties could be taken to hospital.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said: “The boy is still in hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

“His mother, father and sister were released after treatment for their injuries. The occupants of the lorry were unhurt.”

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