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Wigton man dies in A596 bypass crash

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A 23 year-old man from Wigton has died in a crash which has left another with serious injuries.

Steven Parker died at the scene after the BMW he was driving collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

The smash happened yesterday evening at 4:50pm on the Wigton bypass between Station Road and Carlisle bridge. The road was closed for six hours.

Mr Parker's two passengers, a 20 year-old man and a 19 year-old man, were taken to hospital. The 20 year-old is described by police as being in a serious condition. The 19 year-old has minor injuries.

Minor damage was caused to the Corsa and its occupants were uninjured.

A spokesperson for Cumbria Police said they were appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the crash or the vehicles described leading up to the incident.

Witnesses are asked to called 101

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Serious collision near A596 Wigton

Cumbria Police are dealing with a serious two car crash on the A596 near Wigton.

Officers were called at 4:50pm on Saturday to the incident between Carlisle Bridge and Station Road.

The road is closed and HGV's are being diverted along the A595 and to avoid the town. Other motorists can drive through Wigton.

Pedestrian seriously injured in A596 collision

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A man is in hospital with serious injuries, after a collision on the A596 near the Cumbrian hamlet of Micklethwaite.

The accident happened just after midnight, and involved a blue Ford Focus and a pedestrian.

The 49-year-old pedestrian was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, but has now been transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The incident happened between the B5302 King Street and A595 / A595 (Thursby Roundabout), and the road was closed both ways, but has now re-opened.

Police are urging any witnesses to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Woman hospitalised after three-vehicle crash

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A woman has been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash on a busy road in Maryport.

It happened at the A596 junction with the Glasson Industrial Estate, and involved two cars and a lorry.

One of the car drivers is a 72-year-old woman from Workington, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to West Cumberland Hospital.

The other two drivers were uninjured, but the road was closed for around three hours - it has now reopened.


Teenager trapped under car in Maryport

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A 16-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being trapped beneath a car in Maryport at 5:30am this morning.

The pedestrian, who is local to the area, was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus on the A596 at the junction with Gavel Street.

Firefighters had to use specialist equipment to cut him free, and he was transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with serious chest injuries.

He is reported to be in a stable condition, and the driver of the Ford Focus was not injured.

The road has re-opened, and Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Tribute to 'amazing dad' killed in A596 crash

John Birch Little Credit: Cumbria Police

The wife of a man who died in a collision on the A596 has released a tribute to him, calling him "my world".

John Birch Little, 47, died in a one vehicle crash, which happened near Thursby Roundabout, Carlisle, at around 11:05am on 4 July.

John was an amazing dad to our two children Ewan and Emily and they adored him, he was my best friend and a wonderful supportive husband he was and is my world, I can't start to describe how much we miss him and always will.

John lived for our children and was immensely proud of both of them.

John was like a big brother to my sister Jude and an amazing uncle to Bryce, Ellis, and Joel, who adored him, they will all miss him hugely.”

– John's wife

Investigations into the cause of the collision are continuing, and Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Major road repairs for A596 start next month

One of Cumbria’s key roads – the A596 between Thursby and Workington – is set for major repairs starting next month.

Much of the work replacing worn-out sections of road with a brand new surface will be carried out at night, to minimise disruption to road users, by Cumbria County Council and its contractor, Connect Roads. Sections of the A596 covering more than 12km of road will be resurfaced.

“Winter has again taken its toll on the network and, with milder weather on the way, the council’s highways teams will shortly be winding down our gritting operations and focusing on an extensive maintenance programme across the county.

“We are aware that parts of the A596 in particular need urgent attention and our contractor will be carrying out major resurfacing works on this key road from mid-April until mid-July. Much of this work will be done overnight to minimise the disruption and I’d ask road users to bear with us because afterwards, everyone will benefit from a much-improved road surface.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways

Temporary road closures will be introduced during the night-time works, usually from 7pm-7am, with signed diversions in place. Some sections of road will also be closed for short periods during the day when milder weather allows completion of resurfacing.

Further maintenance work will be carried out, including resetting drains and manhole covers, gully cleaning, repairing or replacing damaged signs and street lights, and refreshing road markings.

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