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Police name 82-year-old man killed in A66 collision

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

Police have confirmed the identity of an 82-year-old man who died after a collision on the A66 near Braithwaite on 29 April.

David Bennell died in the RVI hospital in Newcastle from his injuries, on 1 May.

He was driving a Toyota Avensis saloon when it collided with a blue VW Bora saloon.

The 24-year-old driver of the Bora was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries (there is no update on his condition at present).

Specially trained officers are supporting Mr Bennell's family.

Police are appealing for any witnesses that may have been in the Braithwaite area around the time of the collision who may have seen either vehicle involved in the incident.

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PHOTOS: lorries overturned on A66

Police say some van and lorry drivers appear to be ignoring their advice not to use certain routes in high winds after three commercial vehicles overturned.

Two of them are within a quarter mile stretch of each other on the border between Cumbria and County Durham.

One lorry and a large white van have gone over on the A66 eastbound close to the Stainmore Cafe near Kirkby Stephen.

Lorries overturned on the A66. Credit: ITV Border
Lorries overturned on the A66. Credit: ITV Border

Warning to drivers on A66

Cumbria Police is warning drivers of vehicles that are vulnerable to strong winds to avoid the A66.

A Yellow wind warning is in force for the county.

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, and slow down while driving in high winds.

Weather warning for A66 drivers

Police are warning drivers of vehicles that are affected by strong winds to avoid the A66.

In particular, they say empty lorries and caravans are at risk.

All motorists are reminded to drive according to the conditions and slow down whilst driving in high winds. Those drivers affected are encouraged to use alternative, less exposed routes until conditions subside.

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