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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Couple trapped as car hung over 600ft Cumbrian fells drop

A man and woman were rescued after they found themselves trapped in a car perched over a drop of more than 600ft.

Lake District car photo
Firefighters with the car, hanging above a 600ft drop

The pair, from Cheshire, were trapped in their vehicle as it hung over the edge of Newlands Pass, near Buttermere.

They had been driving on the mountain road and skidded on ice leaving them perched over a ravine near Gatesgarth Farm.

Police, fire, ambulance and mountain rescue teams were all called to the scene just after 11.50am today.

The pair were rescued from their vehicle uninjured but said to be in a state of shock. 

However, the car remains at the scene, police and highways teams also remain there.

Other emergency crews had left by 1.20pm.

Police are advising drivers to avoid the road because of the slippery conditions.

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