A coroner has concluded high speed was a factor in a crash that killed three men.
Driver 22-year-old Jamie Edmonson, his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley and another driver, 47-year-old Michael Harrison, died in the two vehicle at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.
Another driver told the inquest in Cockermouth he was overtaken by Jamie Edmonson's car at speeds of up to 80-miles-per-hour. He then lost control and went into the path of Michael Harrison's vehicle. Harrison, a father of two from Aspatria had no time to avoid a collision.
Traces of cannabis and two non-prescribed drugs were found in Jamie Edmonson's system but Assistant Coroner Simon Ward concluded they weren't a major factor. He concluded he'd overtaken across double white lines at excessive speed and recorded three verdicts of death by road traffic collision.
A police officer has described the scene of a crash in which three men died as the worst she had ever seen in her career.
Drivers 47-year-old Michael Harrison from Aspatria, 22-year-old Jamie Lee Edmonson and his passenger 18-year-old Todd Ridley who were from Maryport, all died when their vehicles collided on the A596 at Crosby Villa in west Cumbria last October.
PC Jill Robertson was one of the first on the scene, and told the inquest into their deaths it was "carnage" and "it would have been a miracle if anyone had survived."
She described one of the cars as resembling one "you'd see in a scrapyard" and the damage was so bad she and her colleague were unable to tell the makes and models of the vehicles.
Cumbria Police are trying to establish what happened to a teenage boy who was found by the side of the road with head injuries in Aspatria. The boy, 13, had been walking along Lawson Street with a push bike between 7:45pm and 8pm last night. He needed hospital treatment.
A 14-year-old girl from Aspatria who went missing last Wednesday has turned up at a police station. Shannon Turnbull is reported to be safe and well after walking into Workington station late last night