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Lorry driver killed in collision on the A66

The man was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: ITV Border

A 43-year-old man has died following a one-vehicle collision on the A66 near Bassenthwaite Lake.

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 25 October, between Braithwaite and Dubwath.

The man, who was driving a lorry, was pronounced dead at the scene and his family have been informed.

Police, Cumbria Fire Rescue, and the North West Ambulance Service attended the incident.

The A66 is now closed both ways due to accident investigation work between B5292 (Braithwaite) and B5291 (Dubwath).

Anyone with any information should contact the PC 691 Ormerod on 101 quoting log number 2 of 25 October 2017.


Police name crash victims

Police Scotland have named two men who died in a crash on the A713 near Carsphairn yesterday morning.

The accident happened at Drumjohn at around 10:40 am when a red Ford Fiesta travelling north was in collision with a white delivery van travelling south.

Van driver Scott Kennedy, 46, was taken by ambulance to Ayr Hospital where he died a short time later. 50 year old Antony Sztuka died at the scene. Both men were from Ayrshire.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of the time of the crash to contact police. We know from witnesses already spoken to that there was a white flat-bed pickup truck - the size of a transit van – on the road at the time of the crash. We are very keen to speak to the driver as he or she may have information that could prove vital to the investigation. Information can be passed to officers at the Road Policing department at Stranraer Police Office via 101.”

– Sergeant Billy McEwan, Road Policing Unit


Man and child killed in A66 crash named

Tony and Michael Jopson Credit: Cumbria Police

A man and child who died following a road traffic collision on the A66 at Crackenthorpe have been named.

Michael Jopson, aged 25, and Tony Jopson, aged 18 months, both of Old Tebay, Penrith, died at the scene of the collision on Monday 25th May 2015.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under one, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The family have paid tribute to Michael and Tony in a statement issued via Cumbria Police.

The statement said:

"Michael was the centre of his family’s world, tragically taken he has left a world shattered. Loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, nephew and cousin who has filled our lives with joy, smiles and happiness and whose jokes never got any better.

“Tony, our budding little gardener and minion super-fan, has been snatched from our hearts, taken too soon, leaving behind his little brother Logan who requires our prayers at this dreadful time.

“Devoted wife and mother Tamarah has been left with no words, and only the strength to focus on Logan’s recovery. To have had her soulmate and her first born, both of whom meant the world to her, taken from her so suddenly has caused great distress.

“Both Michael and Tony leave behind a big hole in the hearts of their immediate and extended family and friends who are all left in shock but would like to thank the local community for their support.

“Our thanks go to Cumbria Police, the North Air Ambulance Service and the team at the RVI Hospital, without whom Logan would not have received the critical medical attention he required.”

– Family statement

Police were called at 5:11pm following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the eastbound carriageway.

The vehicles involved were a HGV and a black Peugeot 307.

Michael and his two sons were travelling in the Peugeot 307. The second child, aged under 1, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary. His condition is serious but stable.

The driver of the HGV, a 47 year old man from County Tyrone, was unhurt.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to the Operational Support Unit.

Driver, 25, and one-year-old passenger die in A66 crash

Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old man from Penrith and a one-year-old boy died in a crash on the A66 at Crackenthorpe near Appleby last night.

A baby, who is under a year, remains seriously ill in hospital.

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