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Third crash on A66 at Kirkby Thore in one week

The crash closed the A66 for two hours Credit: Karen Quinn

A driver has suffered minor injuries in a crash involving a tractor and a lorry on the A66.

This is the third collision to have happened on this stretch of road at Kirkby Thore in one week.

The road was closed for two hours between the Main Street junction and the B6542 junction in Appleby.

A66 closed after two men injured in lorry collision

The A66 is closed between Kemplay Bank and Brough Credit: ITV Border

Two men have been taken to hospital following a serious collision involving two lorries on the A66.

Officers were called to the incident near to Kirkby Thore at around 9.30am.

One driver, a man in his 50s, from Scotland, was taken to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

Another driver, a man in his 40s, was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Police say the road is expected to be closed for five to six hours, in both directions, between Kemplay Bank and Brough.


Teenage rescuers return to scene of barn fire

One teenager managed to rescue bulls trapped in the burning barn Credit: Tyler Scarr

Two teenagers who rescued animals from a blazing barn are returning to the farm this morning.

Matthew Chisholm and Tyler Scarr, both 17-years-old, were approaching the barn at Plumpton near Penrith and initially thought they were seeing fireworks. They soon realised it was a barn on fire and went to help.

While Tyler raised the alarm with the farmer, Matthew went into the barn to save the bulls which were living inside.

Matthew was burnt on the face but both managed to save nine bulls. Shortly after the teenagers left the barn the ceiling collapsed.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault.

Today Matthew, from Kirkby Thore, and Tyler, who works in Kirkby Stephen, are returning to the farm to see the farmer they helped.

After Matthew left the barn, the ceiling collapsed Credit: Tyler Scarr

Helen Skelton's church future secured

An ancient church that hosted Cumbria's wedding of the year has been awarded 70 thousand pounds to make urgent repairs. TV presenter Helen Skelton married rugby league star Ritchie Myler in St Michael's in Kirkby Thore near Penrith in December.

The wedding even made the pages of 'Hello' magazine. The church though has been falling into disrepair, but it's future now looks a little more secure, as Fiona Marley Paterson reports.