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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Cumbria police dealing with road crashes as weather worsens

Worsening weather conditions have caused a series of road crashes in Cumbria.

Police have urged drivers to slow down and take care.

No one has been seriously hurt in the collisions.

The accidents were:

  • on the M6 south at Orton at 12.51pm. One car collided with the central reservation
  • near Burton Services on the M6 Southbound at 12.45pm. Two vehicles involved
  • on the M6 south at Kendal at 12.58pm. One car collided with the central reservation
  • on the A65 at Cowbrow, between the M6 and Kirkby Lonsdale. Two vehicles involved.

A police spokesman said: "We want to take this opportunity to ask motorists to drive to the weather conditions and not to the speed limit.

"With the snow and hail in some parts of the county, roads can become icy and motorists are asked to drive with care."

No roads are closed, however parts of the M6 are down to two lanes.

The Met Office is warning that a band of rain is expected to hit the northwest, including Cumbria, in the next few hours.

Sleet and snow is expected at higher levels - the Lake District's felltop assessors have already reported a fall on Helvellyn - and possibly for a short time at lower levels.

As the rain clears away, temperatures are expected to drop and ice could become a problem on roads.

There is, already, a yellow alert in place for tomorrow.

Strong winds accompanied by rain are forecast to arrive mid-afternoon and stay until the early hours of Saturday morning. Gusts are predicted to be of similar strength to last night's wind.

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