Cumbria

Wrong way driver dies after jump from Carlisle bridge

Castle Way Carlisle
Image caption Four other people were hurt in the incident in Carlisle

A motorist who police say jumped off a bridge in Carlisle after a head-on car crash has died in hospital.

Cumbria Police said the car in which Joseph Gilheaney was travelling was spotted speeding late on Friday.

When blue lights were used it went along the wrong carriageway of Castle Way and struck two other vehicles.

A force spokesman said the 30-year-old left the car and jumped from a bridge. He died overnight in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Four other people were injured in the incident and taken to hospital.

The police spokesman said: "It is believed that the vehicle entered the wrong carriageway and travelled towards oncoming traffic.

"The police vehicle remained on the correct carriageway and attempted to warn other road users.

"The man's family was with him in hospital when he died."

Mr Gilheaney had been living temporarily in Carlisle city centre, but was originally from Moorclose in Workington.

An investigation is continuing and police have appealed for witnesses.

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