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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Pensioner "stable" in hospital after rush hour crash in Carlisle

A 70-year-old woman injured in an accident on one of Carlisle’s busiest roads was today in a stable condition in hospital.

The crash, and the near three-hour road closure it caused, triggered rush-hour traffic chaos in parts of the city.

The woman, who is understood to live near the scene on London Road, was involved in an accident with a Toyota Corolla at about 4.15pm on Friday. The car was driven by a 71-year-old local man.

The woman was reported to have been walking across the road just outside the Indespension trailer store when she was hit, a couple of yards from  a pedestrian crossing.

She was taken to the city’s Cumberland Infirmary by paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, suffering from suspected serious pelvic injuries. She was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle, where her condition was today described as "stable".

Police closed the road between the London Road Retail Park, opposite the Swallow Hilltop Hotel, and Eastern Way so collision investigation experts could assess the scene.

Speaking at the scene, Sergeant Claire Sampson said: “At this time we’ve got an elderly woman with very serious injuries so a full investigation has been launched to establish what has happened.”

The driver of the car, a local man, was helping police with their inquiries last night but had not been arrested.

The crash caused gridlock across the city with traffic reportedly backed up along the A6 route as well as along Warwick Road and other minor routes as motorists sought to find their own diversions.

The road was reopened shortly before 7pm after emergency services had cleared the scene and the investigation into the crash’s cause launched by police. A police spokeswoman said today that Cumbria Police wish to thank motorists for their patience as the accident was being dealt with by emergency crews.

Anybody who was a witness to what happened should contact PC Andy Johnston (collar number 1586) calling 101. He is based with the force's North Cumbria Operational Support Unit.

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