Monday, May 24, 2010

Tragedy on the A66

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three people who were killed and with all those injured in the terrible accident on the A66 near Braithwaite this afternoon when a Keswick School Bus taking pupils home to Cockermouth overturned after being in collision with a Honda Civic. The accident also involved a minibus.

The three people killed were the driver of the Honda Civic, and two teenage pupils at the school, a boy and a girl, who were passengers on the 49-seat coach.

A police information line has been set up for concerned parents and guardians to call: 0800 096 1233 or 0207 158 0197.

An initial report on the accident is on the Times Newspapers website here.

A Whitehaven News report can be found here.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “The collison occurred on the A66 near Keswick, towards Cockermouth and was reported to police at 3.47pm this afternoon.

“Serious casualties were airlifted to hospitals in Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Preston.”

The spokesman added: “It is believed there were three fatalities, four people are in a critical condition and around 35 are walking wounded.

“Police and fire are in attendance along with six helicopters, six ambulances, non-emergency ambulances, rapid response vehicles, doctors and mountain rescue teams”.

It is of course too early to say what caused the crash. Our hearts go out to those affected.

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