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A7 reopens as 41 tonne crane is recovered

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A 41 tonne crane which closed the A7 after leaving the road and becoming trapped in the road barrier has been recovered and the road is now open.

Traffic is being controlled by traffic lights and kept to single file. The road will close again at 3pm today for around two hours while temporary safety barriers are put in place.

The incident happened on the A7 just south of Skippers Bridge, Langholm.


Crane hits hospital wall in Whitehaven

Major building work has been stopped at a Cumbrian hospital after a crane hit the hospital wall, causing a window to break.

Developers stopped all work on the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, to allow for a full investigation to take place.

Nobody was injured when the window broke.

"As soon as we were made aware of the situation we took immediate action contacting Laing O’Rourke and suspended activity in this area.

"We are working closely with the Laing O’Rourke team to rectify the situation so that work can restart in this area as soon as practically possible.”

– Les Morgan, Director of West Cumberland Hospital

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Botchergate reopened after crane accident

A major street in Carlisle was closed for a number of hours after a crane collided with a building causing damage and fears of falling masonry.

Diversions were put in place and the fire brigade were called to assess the damage. Botchergate and its neighbouring footpaths were closed until the site was deemed safe.

The fire brigade assess damage Credit: John Everingham
The fire brigade assess the damage Credit: John Everingham