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Man arrested after Penrith crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drugs after a crash on the A686 near Penrith.

Police were called to a collision involving two vans shortly after 5:30am at Carleton.

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “At 5:40am four fire engines from Penrith, Lazonby and Shap attended reports of an RTC involving two vehicles at Carleton, Penrith.

“All occupants of the vehicles involved were out on arrival.

“Firefighters made the vehicles safe and assisted with casualty care.

“Crews were in attendance for approximately thirty minutes.”

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Both van drivers were taken to hospital as a precaution.

“A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

“He has been released under investigation.”

The A686 was closed while emergency services dealt with the scene and carried out collision investigation work, the road has now reopened.

For information on the roads visit https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Traffic/Traffic.aspx

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