A woman left with "life-change injuries after a crash near Carlisle this week has now been transferred to hospital in Newcastle.

The 59-year-old woman, involved in a three vehicle crash at Blackford yesterday has now been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

She is described as being in a "stable condition".

A Carlisle man arrested yesterday on suspicion of both dangerous and diqualified driving has been released under investigation.

Emergency services, including firefighters, police and ambulance crews were called at 8.15am yesterday to reports of the crash on the access road to Metal Bridge, Blackford.

A spokesman for Carlisle East Fire Station said: "Crews discovered a road traffic collision involving three vehicles, with one female casualty trapped in one of the cars.

"Crews extracted the casualty using stabilisation equipment, two sets of e-draulic cutters, two sets of e-draulic spreaders, small tools and a spine board."

The vehicles involved were a Renault Clio, Volkswagen Golf and Ford transit.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said: "The driver of the Clio, a 59-year-old woman from Durham, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with life-changing injuries but is in a stable condition.

"The driver of the Ford from Annan suffered an arm injury.

"The driver of the Volkswagen, a 42-year-old man from Carlisle was arrested on suspicion of disqualified driving and dangerous driving."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.