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Monday, 02 March 2015

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Driver arrested after crash closes main road in north Cumbria

A lorry driver has been arrested following a five-vehicle crash which closed part of the main A66 this morning.

EM A66 collision
Picture provided by Cumbria Police

The road was closed between Appleby and Brough, near to Warcop, while emergency services dealt with what police described as a serious collision.

The smash occurred at roadworks at Sandford, near Appleby, at about 7.20am.

It involved a car transporter, a silver Fiat Doblo car, a white Mercedes Sprinter van, a red Vauxhall Insignia car and a Volvo articulated wagon.

Police say the Volvo, which was travelling east, collided with the side of the transporter, which was travelling west, before colliding with the rear of the Fiat, Mercedes and Vauxhall.

The male driver of the Fiat received serious injuries and was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The Volvo driver, a Polish man aged 49, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken to Carlisle police station.

Police, fire and ambulance services and highways officials were all called to the incident.

The road was closed for about four hours while recovery and collision investigation work took place.

Local traffic was diverted via minor roads and large vehicles were urged to take alternative routes due to weight restrictions on the A685 at Kirkby Stephen.

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