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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Probe continues into Cumbrian crash that killed three

Police are still “piecing together” what happened in a crash that claimed the lives of three people.

Officers say they want to let the families know why the accident that caused the deaths of a former firefighter from Aspatria and two factory workers in west Cumbria happened.

Father-of-two Michael Harrison, 47, Jamie Lee Edmondson, 22, and Todd Ridley, 18, died in the collision at Crosby Villa, near Maryport, just before 5.30am on Wednesday.

Mr Harrison, of Queens Park, Aspatria, was driving a white Rover 220 that was in collision with a red Honda Civic being driven by Mr Edmondson, of School Close, Maryport. Mr Ridley, of Netherview, Maryport, was his passenger.

Mr Harrison was until recently a retained firefighter in Aspatria. He had also worked at Sellafield for nearly 30 years.

The two younger men are thought to have been on their way to the Cavaghan & Gray food factory in Carlisle, where they had only recently secured work. They had been pupils at Maryport’s Netherhall School.

Sergeant Jo Walker said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the tragic collision that claimed three lives on Wednesday.

“We are keeping the families updated with the progress of our enquiries. This is a difficult time for them all and they continue to be supported by family liaison officers.

“We appeal to anyone who was on the stretch of road at around 5.15am to get in contact with us.

“We are piecing together what happened so that we are able to give the families an idea of what happened in those final moments.”

Tributes have been paid to the three men.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

NGriffiths@cngroup.co.uk

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