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A66 reopens after earlier crash

The A66 has reopened following an earlier crash involving a cyclist and a Toyota Avensis.

The collision happened shortly before 2 o'clock this afternoon.

The driver of the car, a 43-year-old man from Threlkeld, was not injured.

The cyclist, a 60-year-old man from Florida, received serious injuries and was taken to Newcastle hospital via Air Ambulance.

The road was closed for a time while the emergency services attended the incident.

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Diversions in place following A66 crash

Diversions are in place to allow emergency services to deal with the crash on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick.

Travelling towards west Cumbria, motorists are advised to use junction 41 of the M6, travelling along the B5305, Wigton.

Travelling towards Penrith, motorists should follow the diversions in place at the Crossthwaite roundabout, Keswick.

Cumbria Police say that the road will be closed for some time.

Family appeal to driver of A66 crash

The family of a man who is in intensive care after a road crash on Valentine's Day are urging witnesses to come forward.

The crash happened around two miles east of the Sportman on the A66.

23-year-old Steven Higgins from Carlisle has serious injuries and is unable to communicate.

Police would like to speak to the driver of a blue BMW spotted at the scene.

Steven's family have been keeping a vigil by his bedside, and his sister Natalie Higgins is staying positive:

Soldier deaths driver pleads not guilty

Scene of the crash on the A66 Credit: ITV Border

A 52 year old lorry driver accused of causing the death of two soldiers has pleaded not guilty to death by dangerous driving.

Lance Sergeant David Gartland aged 40, and Private James Austin aged 24, died in the accident on the A66 near Stainmore in September 2011.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Colin Pattinson entered a not guilty plea and will now face trial in September.

The two soldiers had spent the day at the Warcop Firing Range near Appleby and were heading back to their base at Catterick Garrison in an army Land Rover ambulance when the accident happened.

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