A paramedic who was one of the first on the scene of a major crash in the Lake District says the quick actions of bystanders helped save the lives of a family of five. Motorists rushed to help six people who were injured when two cars collided near Keswick. Hannah McNulty reports.
Paramedic Graham Green had just finished his shift and was heading home when he came across the crash site. He helped with the rescue effort but says bystanders helped save the lives of those involved:
Police are continuing to investigate a crash over the Bank Holiday weekend which left six people needing hospital treatment.
Five people were pulled from one vehicle moments before it burst into flames after a two car crash on the A66 between Penrith and Keswick on Saturday.
The driver of the burnt out car remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Officers say the road was busy at the time due to the Easter holiday and want to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash.
A 43 year old father remains in a critical condition in hospital following a collision over the Bank Holiday weekend. His three children and his 43 year old wife were also injured in the crash but not as seriously. It happened on the A66 near Threkeld in the Lake District on Saturday (April 19).
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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.
– Cumbria Police
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."
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.
Sgt Paul Brown of Cumbria Police says they had to close the A66 to Easter traffic despite causing chaos on many roads in the Northern Lake District area.
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.
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.
Cumbria Police say the A66 will remain closed at Threlkeld "for the foreseeable future".
Diversions are in place.
People travelling from Keswick are asked to travel along St Johns in the Vale.
Those travelling from Penrith, will be turned round at Rheged and are advised to use the M6 routes.
This is the scene on the A66 at Threlkeld in the Lake District, where two vehicles collided.
Two adults and a boy aged 10 are seriously ill.
Two other children have also been taken to hospital.