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Penrith man, 21, seriously injured in A66 crash

[P]olice are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision.

The collision occurred at approximately 6am today (30th May) on the A66 near Threlkeld.

A Suzuki Swift and DAF flatbed HGV collided causing serious injury to the male front seat passenger in the Suzuki.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “The passenger, aged 21, from the Penrith area, was taken to Cumberland Infirmary Hospital at Carlisle before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle. His condition is described as serious.

“The drivers from both vehicles escaped with minor injuries.

“Police closed the road for six hours to allow emergency services to treat the injured party, to allow a collision investigation to commence and recovery of the vehicles involved. A diversion was put in place and police thank motorists for their patience.”

A spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 6:10am firefighters from Keswick were called to reports of a road traffic collision on the A66 in Threlkeld.

“Crews attended the scene and found that there had been a collision between a HGV and a car.

“The team used specialist cutting equipment to release two casualties who was trapped in the car; they were then passed to the care of North West Ambulance Service.

“Crews were at the scene for approximately one hour.”

Police are appealing for witnesses who were on the A66 at around 6am this morning or who had a dashcam running and were travelling along the A66 between 5.30am and 6am.

Anyone with information on footage is asked to contact PC1807 Simon Eyres of the Mobile Support Unit on 101 quoting incident number 21 of the 30th May.

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