Passers-by pulled a family of five from Southampton 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 today on the A66 at Threlkeld in the Lake District.
A 43-year-old man driving the Mercedes has been flown by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with "life-threatening" injuries. A 43-year-old woman and a boy aged ten were also flown to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
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 believe the Southampton family had been returning home from a Lake District holiday when the crash happened.