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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Man killed in crash on main road in north Cumbria

A man has been killed in a crash that closed a main road in Cumbria for more than 12 hours.

The A595 was shut by police in both directions between Bothel and Thursby.

The road was also closed at the B5305 Wigton junction and other roads leading on to it.

The two-vehicle collision - involving a HGV and a Toyota Landcruiser car - took place at Mealsgate, near to the Appletree bed and breakfast, at about 6am.

The car driver - a man aged 40 from Haltwhistle - was killed, say police.

Officers are working to formally identify him and inform his immediate family.

The HGV driver, a 52-year-old man from Hartlepool, suffered minor injuries.

Police accident investigators spent several hours at the scene.

Fire appliances from Aspatria and Wigton were called to the scene. A Workington appliance was, it is understood, turned back en route.

Anyone who saw the crash or who may have information about it should call police on 101.

The road was reopened shortly after 7pm this evening.

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