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Police investigating serious road traffic collision on A66

The incident occurred on the A66 near Threlkeld Credit: PA

Police are investigating a serious road traffic collision that occurred just before 5pm on Saturday 22 July 2017 on the A66. The incident occurred on the A66 near Threlkeld and involved a blue van and a yellow motorbike.

The motorcyclist, a 29-year-old man, was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries. The road was closed in both directions for several hours.

Anyone with any information should contact PC 2367 Baker on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Delays on main road in Cumbria

Drivers are being warned they face disruption on one of Cumbria's main roads today.

Police say a slow moving abnormal load will be moving west across the A66 towards junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith between 11am and 3pm.

They say motorists travelling along the route at this time should plan extra time for their journeys.

Overnight closures on major Cumbrian road

Credit: Highways England

Overnight closures will be introduced on one of Cumbria's main roads so work can take place on a £1.5million flood defence scheme.

Highways England is raising the carriageway by almost a metre on a stretch of the A66 at Bassenthwaite to better protect the road from flooding.

The full week of overnight closures begin on Friday (16 December) and will affect both eastbound and westbound carriageways between Lambfoot and Dubwath junctions.

Closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.


£2m Roadworks on A66 start today

Resurfacing and drainage improvements will take place on A66 near Crackenthorp Credit: ITV Border

Drivers are set to face delays on a stretch of one of Cumbria's busiest roads.

Highways England is spending nearly £2m on resurfacing, drainage improvements and replacing traffic signs on the A66 near Crackenthorpe west of Appleby.

Temporary traffic lights and a 40mph speed limit will be in place for around 10 weeks from today.

ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite after 4 car collision

ROAD CLOSURE: A66 near Braithwaite Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A66 near Braithwaite.

Police were called at 14.58pm today following a four vehicle collision.

The road has been closed on the A66 in both directions close to Braithwaite.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

Visit the traffic link map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

Drainage improvements on major Cumbrian road

Flooding on the section of the A66 where work is taking place to improve drainage Credit: Highways England

A project to upgrade drainage on a stretch of the A66 near Penrith is due to start on Wednesday.

The month-long Highways England scheme will tackle flooding issues on the section of the road near Whinfell Park, around three miles east of the town.

The majority of the work will be carried out overnight although a temporary 40mph speed limit will be in place at all times of day for the safety of drivers. During night work (between 8pm and 6am) temporary traffic lights are going to be in use. Drivers may also be led through the roadworks in 10mph convoys on some occasions.

“The ditch next to the A66 is prone to becoming blocked which causes it to flood and leaves water on the road.

“We’ll be installing a new drainage system which should prevent this from happening again in the future, but we’ll need to have a temporary speed limit in place so the work can be carried out safely.

“The project will improve safety for drivers as it will reduce the risk of flooding on this stretch of road.”

– Peter Gee, Project Manager at Highways England

Man and child killed in A66 crash named

Tony and Michael Jopson Credit: Cumbria Police

A man and child who died following a road traffic collision on the A66 at Crackenthorpe have been named.

Michael Jopson, aged 25, and Tony Jopson, aged 18 months, both of Old Tebay, Penrith, died at the scene of the collision on Monday 25th May 2015.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under one, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The family have paid tribute to Michael and Tony in a statement issued via Cumbria Police.

The statement said:

"Michael was the centre of his family’s world, tragically taken he has left a world shattered. Loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, nephew and cousin who has filled our lives with joy, smiles and happiness and whose jokes never got any better.

“Tony, our budding little gardener and minion super-fan, has been snatched from our hearts, taken too soon, leaving behind his little brother Logan who requires our prayers at this dreadful time.

“Devoted wife and mother Tamarah has been left with no words, and only the strength to focus on Logan’s recovery. To have had her soulmate and her first born, both of whom meant the world to her, taken from her so suddenly has caused great distress.

“Both Michael and Tony leave behind a big hole in the hearts of their immediate and extended family and friends who are all left in shock but would like to thank the local community for their support.

“Our thanks go to Cumbria Police, the North Air Ambulance Service and the team at the RVI Hospital, without whom Logan would not have received the critical medical attention he required.”

– Family statement

Police were called at 5:11pm following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway.

The vehicles involved were a HGV and a black Peugeot 307.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under 1, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The driver of the HGV, a 47 year old man from County Tyrone, was unhurt.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to the Operational Support Unit.

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