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WATCH: Lucky escape for lorry driver in A66 smash

Lorry crashes after leaving road on A66 Credit: News and Pictures North

A lorry driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle left the road and collided with a telegraph pole on one of Cumbria's busiest roads.

The incident happened in high winds and bad weather on the A66 near Kirkby Stephen yesterday.

Police said the driver, a 47-year-old man, was uninjured.

Below is a video of the lorry after it came off the road.


Police warn A66 drivers about strong winds

Police are warning drivers. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are warning drivers of vehicles affected by high winds to avoid the A66.

Vehicles, such as empty lorries or caravans, can be vulnerable in excessive winds and should avoid using the road.

They're also advising motorists to drive according to the conditions, by slowing down and using less exposed routes until conditions calm.

Police warn of flooding on Cumbria's roads

Cumbria Police are warning people to drive carefully during a period of heavy rain and strong winds which has led to surface water flooding and difficult driving conditions across the roads in the county.

The following roads are particularly affected;

  • M6 in both directions – affected by heavy rain, surface water flooding and high winds resulting in debris in roads
  • B5322 – St John’s in the Vale area (between A66 – A591) - surface water flooding
  • Castle Gardens area at Workington - surface water flooding
  • A594 at Dovenby – surface water flooding
  • A66 Penrith to Scotch corner – affected by high winds – two HGVs incidents due to strong winds – Matrix signs "Advisory for HGV”
  • A5086 Cockermouth to Egremont
  • A596 at Wigton – trees are blocking the road
  • High Lorton, Cockermouth – trees have fallen, also blocking the road
  • B5305 Junction 41 to Wigton road unpassable to vehicles

Police are urging people to check the weather and roads before driving.

Power down in Workington

2,000 Workington homes were without power Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Power was down in thousands of Workington homes this morning, after Cumbria was battered by bad weather.

Electricity North West says around 2,000 properties lost electricity at 7:45am, because of a high voltage fault caused by damage to overhead power lines.


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