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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Two killed in road crash near Carlisle

Two people have died and another has been seriously injured in a crash involving a car, mini bus and a lorry near Carlisle today.

A man and a woman lost their lives in the smash on the A7 at Blackford between Longtown and Carlisle, just before 7.40am, police confirmed.

The woman, believed to be in her twenties, was a passenger in the bus. She died at the scene.

The dead man was driving the lorry and is thought to be in his forties. He also died at the scene. He has not yet been formally identified.

The car, a Ford Fiesta, was being driven by a woman who sustained facial injuries, cuts and bruising and is being treated at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The driver of the Mercedes mini bus has serious chest and leg injuries and is being treated at the infirmary.

His passengers were a 61-year-old man from Canonbie, who is being treated for serious injuries, a 55-year-old man from Canonbie, who is being treated for facial injuries, a 33-year-old woman from Newcastleton (injuries unknown) and the young woman, who has not yet been formally identified.

Early indications from police suggested the lorry and the mini bus, owned by Newcastleton-based Telford’s, were in an initial collision, with the car then also involved in a smash.

The lorry was this morning in a field as emergency services dealt with the aftermath.

Those injured were taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary.

The road was closed until after 5pm while police collision investigators gathered evidence and the scene was cleared.

Tailbacks built up on the busy route this morning and drivers were forced to turn back.

Vehicles involved in the collision appeared to block the road and ambulances and police cars kept arriving and departing as uniformed police swamped the scene.

The force had revealed just after 8am that the collision they were dealing with was a “serious” one.

It was later confirmed that lives had been lost.

The A7 is a busy county road, leading between Carlisle and Longtown and on into Scotland.

Any witnesses to the crash should call officers on 101.

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