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WATCH: Lucky escape for lorry driver in A66 smash

Lorry crashes after leaving road on A66 Credit: News and Pictures North

A lorry driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle left the road and collided with a telegraph pole on one of Cumbria's busiest roads.

The incident happened in high winds and bad weather on the A66 near Kirkby Stephen yesterday.

Police said the driver, a 47-year-old man, was uninjured.

Below is a video of the lorry after it came off the road.

Police warn A66 drivers about strong winds

Police are warning drivers. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are warning drivers of vehicles affected by high winds to avoid the A66.

Vehicles, such as empty lorries or caravans, can be vulnerable in excessive winds and should avoid using the road.

They're also advising motorists to drive according to the conditions, by slowing down and using less exposed routes until conditions calm.


Father and daughter, 2, remain critical after A66 crash

A 22-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, following a horror crash on the A66.

Adam Pearson and Ava Pearson, from Maryport, were in a BMW that was involved in an accident on the A66 near Strawberry How, Cockermouth on Tuesday (September 29).

It happened on the A66 between Cockermouth and Dubwath. Credit: ITV Border

They were both airlifted to hospital, and are now at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The collision was with a United Utilities tanker.

The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

Man and two-year-old girl hospitalised after A66 crash

Part of the A66 was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A 22-year-old man and a two-year-old girl have been hospitalised after an accident on the A66 near Cockermouth.

The man, from Maryport, was driving a BMW, in which the girl was a passenger.

He was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle with life threatening injuries, and the girl was airlifted to hospital in Manchester where she is in a serious but stable condition.

The collision was between the BMW and a United Utilities tanker. The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

The stretch of road between the Sheep and Wool Centre at Cockermouth, and the village of Dubwath next to Bassenthwaite, was closed at around 2:10pm, and remains shut.


Roads Minister: Cumbria to North East is 'national pinch point'

The A69 could be made a dual carriageway. Credit: ITV Border

Roads Minister Andrew Jones says there is a "national pinch point" between Cumbria and the North East when it comes to road transport.

He's in Carlisle today, to look at plans to turn two major Cumbrian roads, the A69 and A66, into dual carriageways:

The key thing here is we know we have a national pinch point. We want to improve the east to west connections in the north of our country.

And how do we do that is the question we've asked. And we've asked it in a strategic study, which is going to report next year, and that will form part of our thinking in how we construct future road investment schemes."

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister

A66 closure for road maintenance

Credit: ITV Border

Motorists on one of Cumbria's busiest routes will face three weeks of disruption from today.

The westbound carriageway on the A66 at Bassenthwaite is closing for Highways England to upgrade speed cameras and carry out routine maintenance.

While the westbound route is closed drivers will use a single lane on the eastbound carriageway.

Two critical after A66 smash

Two serious hurt in crash on A66 Credit: GNAAS

An elderly couple are in a serious condition in hospital after two vehicles were involved in a crash on the A66.

The accident happened at Small Ways in County Durham around 12:45pm this afternoon.

The two elderly people were flown by air ambulance to the James Cook University hospital in Middlesborough with multiple injuries.

The two people in the other vehicle were taken to a hospital in Darlington.

The road has been closed for several hours.

Pensioner who died in A66 collision named

The woman died at the scene. Credit: ITV Border

Police have named the woman who died in a road accident on the A66, on 16 June.

Fiona Stewart, 72, of Springbank Way, Uppingham, died at the scene of the collision.

It happened at around 4:50pm, near Warcop.

The crash involved a green Ford Focus, grey BMW, and grey Renault Megan.

A 55 year old man was flown by air ambulance to James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough, having sustained minor injuries.

The third driver, a 41-year-old man, did not sustain any injuries.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101 and ask to speak to PC 665 Richard Bowman.

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