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Delays on main road in Cumbria

Drivers are being warned they face disruption on one of Cumbria's main roads today.

Police say a slow moving abnormal load will be moving west across the A66 towards junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith between 11am and 3pm.

They say motorists travelling along the route at this time should plan extra time for their journeys.

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Carlisle road closed after crash

The road is closed. Credit: ITV Border

Police have closed Bridge Street in Carlisle, while they deal with a collision.

Emergency services were called at 2:54pm to a two-vehicle crash, and are still at the scene.

The road leading to Hardwicke Circus has been closed, and drivers are urged to avoid the area.

Lorry driver critical after motorway crash

The HGV crashed into the M6 central reservation Credit: ITV Border

A lorry driver is in a critical condition following a crash which has closed the M6 north of Carlisle.

It is believed the 73-year-old driver from North Yorkshire suffered a heart attack prior to the crash.

The accident at 10.04am today saw a hay lorry hit the central reservation and the driver was given CPR at the scene and regained a heartbeat before being rushed to the Cumberland Infirmary.

The Great North Air Ambulance landed on the motorway and its paramedic was able to accompany the lorry driver to hospital by road.

The northbound carriageways remains closed north of junction 44 on the M6 with significant delays for traffic which is being diverted on to an alternative route.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 747 Euan Stitt.

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