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Woman airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after A596 crash

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after a serious crash on the A596.

The A596 was closed in both directions at Micklethwaite following a serious two-vehicle road traffic collision.

Cumbria police were called to the collision involving a Volvo HGV and a Vauxhall Corsa at about 8.40am this morning.

The driver of the Corsa, a local woman in her fifties, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle.

The driver of the Volvo, a man in his sixties, was uninjured.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue and North West Ambulance were also called to the scene.

Firefighters from Carlisle West Fire Station and Wigton Fire Station attended and successfully rescued the woman from her vehicle. 

Drivers were advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

However, the incident has now been cleared and the road reopened.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We flew at 8.42am and were on scene in 12 minutes.

“We had a doctor and paramedic onboard and treated a patient alongside the North West Ambulance Service before he was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle.”

The spokesman confirmed the flight took 30 minutes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, email [email protected] quoting log 39 of February 23.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, on 0800 555 111.