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Investigations: The scene of the accident near Edenhall, Penrith in which a 17-year-old driver died. He is the 53rd person to die on Cumbria’s roads this year

By Dave Gudgeon

A 17-YEAR-OLD motorist was killed when his car was involved in a head-on crash with a tractor.

A 16-year-old, who was a passenger in the Fiat Punto was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle with serious injuries after being cut from the wreckage by firefighters.

The accident happened on the A686 at Edenhall, near Penrith.

Police are not releasing the name of the dead teenager until relatives have been informed. He is from the Catterlen area, north of Penrith. The condition of the passenger, who is from the Penrith area, is not known.

The driver of the tractor, which was pulling a slurry spreader, was unhurt. He was from the Edenhall area and received treatment for shock.

The accident, which happened at about 12.30pm yesterday, blocked the road for four hours while police accident investigators carried out their inquiries. Diversions were put in place.

The dead teenager is the 53rd person to be killed on Cumbria’s roads this year, many of them young people.

The A686 runs between Penrith and Alston and the section around Edenhall has now claimed four lives in recent years.

Nicholas Horn, 34, from Langwathby, died at the scene of a head-on crash there on January 19, 2005.

Teacher James Bailey was recently jailed for two years for causing his death by driving dangerously.

Friends Jane Brindley, 57, and Celia Pitts, 68, both of Hunsonby, near Penrith, also died when their car was in collision with another there on Boxing Day 2004.

An inquest heard that the accident happened when the other driver lost control of his car on an icy road.

n A man and woman were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary after their car was in collision with a bus in Penrith Road, Keswick at about 3.15pm yesterday.

The accident happened close to the Twa’ Dogs pub and caused traffic disruption for about an hour.

Anyone who saw the Fiat Punto before the accident is asked to contact PC Greenway on 0845 3300 247.


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