Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Cumbria crash tragedy victim, 92, named

Police have named a 92-year-old man who died after a crash involving a car and lorry.

Wigton crash scene

Royal Air Force veteran Charles Axten, of Silloth, was driving a black Mitsubishi Outlander which was in collision with a DAF lorry carrying a skip.

The tragedy happened near Wigton at 11.55am today.

In a statement, his grieving family said: "It is with the deepest sadness that Charles has been so suddenly taken from us."

After leaving the RAF he worked in the civilian aviation business in Africa.

"Until fairly recently Charles would enjoy walking and maintaining the active lifestyle he was accustomed to,” his family added.

An investigation into the crash that caused his death is underway.

The collision happened when Mr Axten was driving along Syke Road, on the edge of Wigton, towards the A595.

The lorry involved was heading along the B5305 towards the town.

It was driven by a 43-year-old man from Carlisle. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The road was closed for more than four hours as the scene was cleared and police launched their investigation.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened or saw the vehicles prior the crash to call 101.

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