A man in his 20s was rescued by a farmer after his car went through a fence and crashed onto a railway track at Brampton.

The driver suffered back and shoulder injuries and was treated by an air ambulance doctor and paramedic before he was taken to hospital in Carlisle.

The incident happened on the bridge crossing the railway, next to Brampton Fell Farm close to Brampton Junction.

A local farmer removed the driver from the car, then laid him on the side of the railway track and called for help.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 4pm on Thursday.

A spokesman for Great North Air Ambulance said: "There was a car that had left the road and ended up on the railway.

"The patient was excavated and taken to hospital."

The air ambulance reached the scene at Brampton Junction within eight minutes following reports that a car had crashed down an embankment, landing upside down on the main line between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The helicopter's doctor and paramedic team assessed and treated the man before he was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary by road ambulance by a crew from the North West Ambulance Service.

The driver's injuries were not thought to be serious; the air ambulance service has described them as 'non life threatening'.