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Saturday, 28 February 2015

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Man airlifted to Newcastle hospital after motorway crash

A 23-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after being badly hurt in a collision with a lorry.

M6 Catterlen crash scene photo
The crash scene

The crash happened on the M6 near junction 41 for Wigton at about 3pm yesterday (Monday).

The man, a passenger in a Transit van which collided with an HGV, had to be cut free from the wreckage.

He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious facial, leg and pelvic injuries. His condition was said to be stable on arrival.

The van driver, a 37-year-old man from Carlisle, was taken to the city’s Cumberland Infirmary. The extent of his injuries was not known.

The HGV driver was not thought to have been injured.

The Great North Air Ambulance scrambled both its two helicopters – the Pride of Cumbria and the Guardian of the North – to the scene.

The motorway was blocked on the southbound carriageway between junctions 42 and 41 to allow the air ambulance to land. It was also closed northbound until around 6.30pm.

Traffic was being diverted at junction 41, via the exit and entry slip roads.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

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