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Police praise motorists for saving lives in Lake District smash

Emergency services have praised members of the public who pulled a family of five free from their car moments before it burst into flames.

They said that if it hadn't been for the quick actions of motorists and passers by, the incident could have resulted in fatalities.

The Mercedes estate did set on fire, but all the occupants were pulled free by members of the public. It was their quick reaction that ensured those involved were taken to safety prior to car igniting."

– Cumbria Police

The family-of-five are from the Southampton area. The dad, aged 43, has life threatening injuries.

Injuries to the 43 year old mum and the couple's three children are less serious.

The driver of the other vehicle, 61 year old woman from Sheffield was treated for minor injuries.

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Family pulled from burning car in Lakes horror smash

Eyewitnesses have told ITV News that passers-by pulled a family of five from their wrecked car just moments before it burst into flames.

The silver coloured Mercedes estate had been involved in a collision with a Ford Range pickup shortly before 9.30am on Saturday.

A man driving the Mercedes has been flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with "life-threatening" injuries.

A woman and a boy aged ten were also flown to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The silver-coloured car furthest away burst into flames Credit: ITV News

Two other children, aged 12 and 14, were taken by road ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with less serious injuries, as was the female driver of the Ford.

Cumbria Police say the family of five are not from this region.

They are believed to have been returning home from a Lake District holiday when the crash happened.

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Five injured in Lake District crash: three are children

Two adults and a boy aged 10 have been airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after an horrific crash in the Lake District this morning.

All three have serious injuries.

Two other children have been taken to hospital by road ambulance. Their injuries are less serious.

The crash, involving two vehicles, happened on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick, shortly before 10am on Saturday.

The two adults are believed to be the children's parents.

Lake District crash: children among the injured

A serious crash involving "multiple casualties" has taken place on a main road through the Lake District.

The Great North Air Ambulance has three helicopters at the scene, to take injured people to hospital.

They report that children are among the casualties, although details are unclear at present.

The crash happened on the A66 at Threlkeld, near Keswick at approximately 1030am.

The road was exceptionally busy due to Bank Holiday traffic.

More details to follow.

Residents support proposed alleygates

Alleygates are set to be introduced in more areas of Carlisle to try to reduce anti - social behaviour.

Cumbria County Council wants to know if residents in the Denton Holme area of the city are in favour of the scheme.

Alleygates have become popular in recent years to allow back lanes to only be accessible to residents.

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