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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Six escape after car flips and lands on opposite side of M6

A group of six people travelling along the M6 had a miraculous escape after their car flipped over and landed on the opposite side of the motorway.

It happened yesterday afternoon as the Renault Megane Scenic travelled north between junctions 39 and 40, near Penrith.

One of the passengers in the car was a man aged 90, who suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Despite the car becoming airborne, and then ending up on the southbound carriageway, none of the people inside appear to have been seriously injured.

A police spokeswoman described those involved as “walking wounded”. Two air ambulances were called to the scene of the accident, which happened near to roadworks.

Also called to the accident was a crew of firefighters from Carlisle west’s white watch.

A spokesman for the station said: “There were six people in the car, and a couple of them were flung out as the car rolled over. We had to extricate a couple of them from the car.”

He added: “They were all very lucky. Their injuries were not particularly serious. You’d expect an accident like that to be life-threatening.”

Fire crews from Penrith and Sedbergh also went to the scene of the accident.

Police confirmed that the car was driven by a 49-year-old woman and that there were five passengers.

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