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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Five-vehicle crash shuts part of M6 in Cumbria

A section of the M6 in north Cumbria was blocked following a crash involving a lorry and four cars.

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Scene of the multi-vehicle collision on the M6 between Gretna and Carlisle

An HGV and four cars were involved in the collision at Mossband, southbound between Gretna and Carlisle, early today.

The cars involved were a Jaguar driven by a man from Fife, a BMW driven by a man from Penrith, a Volkswagen wit a female driver from Lockerbie and a Volvo driven by a woman from Ayrshire, who was also carrying a passenger.

None of the people involved was seriously hurt though one of the women from Ayrshire was taken to The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment to a minor chest injury.

The motorway was closed between junctions 46 at Gretna and 45 at Kingstown. Diversions were put in place via the A6071 and A7 through Longtown.

One lane was reopened just after 8.30am with police opening the rest of the road within an hour.

Cumbria police were helped by colleagues from Police Scotland at the scene. Firefighters and ambulance staff also attended.

A force spokesman told the News & Star the incident was being investigated.

He added: "The weather could have played a part."

The spokesman also advised motorists to be careful on the county's roads and drive to suit weather conditions.

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