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Police praise motorists for saving lives in Lake District smash

Emergency services have praised members of the public who pulled a family of five free from their car moments before it burst into flames.

They said that if it hadn't been for the quick actions of motorists and passers by, the incident could have resulted in fatalities.

The Mercedes estate did set on fire, but all the occupants were pulled free by members of the public. It was their quick reaction that ensured those involved were taken to safety prior to car igniting."

– Cumbria Police

The family-of-five are from the Southampton area. The dad, aged 43, has life threatening injuries.

Injuries to the 43 year old mum and the couple's three children are less serious.

The driver of the other vehicle, 61 year old woman from Sheffield was treated for minor injuries.

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Family pulled from burning car in Lakes horror smash

Eyewitnesses have told ITV News that passers-by pulled a family of five from their wrecked car just moments before it burst into flames.

The silver coloured Mercedes estate had been involved in a collision with a Ford Range pickup shortly before 9.30am on Saturday.

A man driving the Mercedes has been flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with "life-threatening" injuries.

A woman and a boy aged ten were also flown to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The silver-coloured car furthest away burst into flames Credit: ITV News

Two other children, aged 12 and 14, were taken by road ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with less serious injuries, as was the female driver of the Ford.

Cumbria Police say the family of five are not from this region.

They are believed to have been returning home from a Lake District holiday when the crash happened.

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