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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Driver flown to hospital after car flips over in Cumbria

A driver has been airlifted to hospital fighting for his life after he took ill at the wheel and his car flipped over and hit a shop.

The man, said to be aged in his 60s, was airlifted to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary after the Great North air ambulance was called to a car which had rolled over in Appleby.

A spokesman said they believed he had been taken ill at the wheel. It is believed he may have had heart problems.

He said the paramedics from the Pride of Cumbria worked with an off -duty doctor - also from the air ambulance - and paramedics from the North West Ambulance service at the scene to stabilise the man before he was flown to hospital in 12 minutes.

The crew was called out at 12.40pm Two fire engines – from Appleby and Penrith – went to the crash

Watch manager Ed Burrows, who was at the scene, said: “The vehicle was upside down, it had hit a shop wall.

“The first crew arrived and saw the car door was open and the driver was outside being treated with CPR.”

He also praised the work all of the emergency services did at the scene.

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