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A66 dangers discussed with public

Drivers are being asked their opinions of the A66 between Brough and Appleby. The eight mile stretch has been identified as one of the most dangerous in Cumbria and now engineers have held a public meeting to ask local people why it's so dangerous.

Jonathan Reade is from the Highways Agency and explains why the public's views are important:

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19-year-old dies in A66 three car crash

A 19-year-old woman has died following a car crash on the A66 at Brough, Kirkby Stephen.

Police were called at 6.43pm on 2nd November. The woman from Carlisle was driving a Black Nissan Almera. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, including a White Audi A3 S Line driven by a 32-year-old man from Scotland and a large goods vehicle driven by a 40-year-old man from Scotland.

The circumstances of the crash are being investigated. Anyone with information should contact Cumbria Police.

A66 remains closed after five car crash

The A66 near Brough remains closed following the a road traffic collision involving five vehicles.

Police say the road is expected to be open within the hour, by about 5pm and are asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Emergency services were called at 1:08pm today, Friday 22 August.

Vehicles involved:

· Renault Master, male aged 61

· Renault Traffic, male aged 21

· Alfa Romeo, female aged 48

· Vauxhall Zafira, male aged 42

· Landrover Freelander, female aged 29

The driver of the Renault Traffic has been transported to the Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with non-life threatening injuries.

£170,000 to repair A66 at Brough

Roadworks have begun at the A66 at Brough to make repairs to the road's surface.

The work began earlier this week, and is expected to continue into the middle of August.

Three projects are being carried out by the Highways Agency to remove potholes, tackle surface wear and renew road studs and markings.

The work will take place along the route between Brough and Stainmore.

All the work is being done overnight and the routes is being kept open at all times although lane closures will be in place at times and on occasion drivers will be stopped ahead of the roadworks and led past them in 10mph convoys. A 40mph speed limit will be in place during the work.

– Peter Gee, Highways Agency

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Man in custody following A66 crash

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences following a crash on the A66 this morning.

He was driving a lorry that was involved in a collision with a van near Brough, Kirby Stephen, at 8:20am today, Wednesday 21 May.

The lorry driver was not injured but a 60-year-old man, who was driving the van, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle with serious injuries.

The road is now open after is was closed for a number of hours while an investigation took place.

Man involved in crash airlifted to hospital

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a crash on the A66 near Brough, Kirby Stephen.

The man, who was driving the van, is believed to have potentially serious injuries.

Police are asking drivers to find alternatives routes as the road remains closed. Traffic is being re-directed at Coupland Beck and Penrith.

The collision happened today, Wednesday 21 May, at 8:20am.

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