Saturday, 28 November 2015

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Whitehaven woman badly hurt in A595 crash at Moota

An elderly woman is today in a critical condition after being seriously injured in a crash on the A595.

Moota crash scene photo
The crash scene

The woman, from Whitehaven, suffered head, chest and abdomen injuries in the accident on Saturday at Moota.

The 74-year-old was cut free from the wreckage of her car by fire crews and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by air ambulance.

The crash involved a blue Peugeot, driven by a 78-year-old man from the Whitehaven area, and a blue Ford Fiesta, driven by a 17-year-old man from Aspatria.

A Cumbria police spokeswoman said: “Both drivers were taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment to minor injuries but were later released.

“A 24-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Ford Fiesta was conveyed to the Cumberland Infirmary where she was detained for treatment to injuries which are not thought to be serious.”

She added that the 74-year-old woman had been travelling in the Peugeot at the time of the crash.

The woman was flown from the scene by The Pride Of Cumbria Air Ambulance, based at Penrith, after being treated at the roadside by a doctor.

A Great North Air Ambulance spokesman confirmed: “The Pride Of Cumbria Air Ambulance based in Penrith was called to assist North West Ambulance Service with a two-vehicle road traffic collision on the A595 at Moota.

“The aircrew paramedics along with a basics doctor assessed and treated an elderly female for injuries before flying her to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle.”

He added that she was taken straight to a speciality treatment unit at the infirmary after a 20-minute flight.

The crash happened at about 9am on Saturday, close to a garden centre. Fire crews from Cockermouth and Maryport worked to free the woman at the scene.

Police closed the road for six hours after the collision while officers carried out an investigation at the scene.

During the road closure traffic was diverted around the scene in both directions and officers advised motorists to keep away from the area.


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