Cumbria

Two killed in Army ambulance crash on A66 in Cumbria

Scene of A66 crash
Image caption The road was closed for several hours while the vehicles were recovered

Two people travelling in an Army ambulance were killed when it was in collision with two lorries on a road in Cumbria.

Emergency services were called to the A66 at Stainmore at about 13:40 BST on Thursday after the collision between the Land Rover and two HGVs.

Police said two serving members of the British army died at the scene and one of the lorry drivers was injured.

The Ministry of Defence said further details would be released later.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Police were called to a stretch of dual carriageway on the A66 eastbound at North Stainmore, where a collision had occurred between two HGVs and a Land Rover military ambulance.

"Tragically, the two Army personnel travelling in the Land Rover died at the scene. The vehicle was not being used to transport patients at the time of the incident.

"One of the HGV drivers, a 51-yr-old man from Goole, was taken by air ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he was treated for his injuries and later released."

The A66 was closed in both directions for almost 12 hours to enable collision investigators to work at the scene and for the road to be cleared.

An appeal has been made for witnesses.

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