Friends help injured rugby player's recovery
Young rugby player making recovery after crash
The family of a young rugby player who was left in a coma after a crash say he's making a slow but steady recovery.
23 year old Steven Higgins spent several weeks in intensive care following the accident on the A66 at Penruddock – five miles west of Rheged on Valentines Day.
Around £2,000 has been raised in a charity rugby match in Carlisle which will go towards a fund to help him continue to improve after he leaves hospital and for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Mr Higgins is still being treated at James Cook University Hospital where he was airlifted in February.
But his family say they hope he will be transfered to a specialist ward at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle sometime this week.
A66 partially blocked at Keswick
The A66 is partially blocked at the A591 Keswick, in Cumbria, due to an accident involving a lorry and three cars.
Appeal for BMW driver after A66 crash
Police want to speak to the driver of a blue BMW, believed to have been involved in a serious accident on the A66 this morning (14th February).
The collision, involving a white Peugeot panel van and a white Vauxhall Vivaro van, happened at 10.30am.
The vans were travelling in opposite directions around two miles east of the Sportsman on the A66.
The 53-year-old driver of the Vivaro van, from Carlisle, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, with 'non-life threatening' injuries.
A 23-year-old passenger in the same van was airlifted to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough with 'very serious' injuries.
The 33-year-old driver of the Peugeot van suffered back and rib injuries.
Anyone who knows the driver of the BMW or who witnessed the accident is asked to contact police on 101.
– Sergeant Graeme Hodgson, Cumbria Police
"We are currently dealing with a very serious collision which occurred this morning on the A66 around 4-5 miles west of Rheged, near Penrith.
“We have identified several witnesses to the collision who state that a blue BMW which was driving along the road at the time may well have been involved in the collision.
"It may be that the driver is unaware that a collision took place, but it is vital that we trace this vehicle, and the driver, in case they have important information about this morning’s incident."
A66 Penruddock- Closed in both directions
The A66 is closed in both directions at Penruddock, due to a serious accident.
ROADS: A66, Brough- Closed in both directions
The A66 is closed in both directions at Brough in Cumbria, due to a serious accident involving two lorries.
The road is closed at the turn-off for Great Musgrave, affecting traffic between Warcop and Brough.
There is a diversion on place via the A685 and the M6.
Emergency services are at the scene.
ROADS: A66 Appleby-in-Westmorland- Road re-opened
The A66 has been re-opened at Appleby-in-Westmorland, following an earlier accident involving six vehicles.
ROADS: A66 Appleby-in-Westmorland- Closed in both directions
The A66 is closed in both directions at Appleby-in-Westmorland, due to an accident involving six vehicles.
Emergency services are at the scene.
The accident is affecting traffic between Penrith and Barnard Castle, with diversions in place via Kirby Stephen.
ROADS: A66 Cumbria, traffic lights no longer in place
Temporary traffic lights have been removed from the A66 at Warcop in Cumbria.
There were earlier restrictions in place to allow for the recovery of a trailer.
ROADS: A66 Cumbria, Temporary traffic lights
There are temporary traffic lights on the A66 in both directions at Warcop in Cumbria, due to a broken down lorry.
The flat-bed lorry lost its trailer between Appleby and Brough, and delays can be expected whilst recovery takes place.