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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Main north Cumbrian road blocked after crash

Three people escaped without serious injury following a crash on a main north Cumbrian road today.

Waverton crash
The crashed van, after the fire service had removed its roof

Two of them were travelling in a white System Group van when it was in collision with a green Merlo dumper on the A596.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off the van to free one of the casualties.

Its driver, a 23-year-old from Carlisle, was taken to the city's Cumberland Infirmary with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the dumper, a 58-year-old man from Wigton, escaped unharmed.

A Fiat 500 car, which was behind one of the vehicles, managed to stop just before the collision, which happened between Wigton and Waverton, west of the silloth junction, just before 9am.

Its driver, a woman aged 44 from Carlisle, was also not hurt.

The crash caused the road, which was littered with debris, to be shut. It reopened soon after 12pm.

One eyewitness said the scene was busy with police, fire and other emergency service workers were involved.

The casualties were treated by paramedics after being released.

Motorists were asked to avoid the area and use the A595 instead.

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