THE driver of a large goods vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, following a five-car pile-up early this morning.

Police have revealed that the Polish driver of a Volvo LGV, travelling along the A66 by the Sandford junction, collided with the side of a LGV car transporter, which was travelling westbound, before colliding with the rear of a silver Fiat Doblo, a Mercedes Sprinter van and red Vauxhall Insignia.

The male driver of the Fiat received serious injuries and was taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. 

The driver of the Volvo HGV, aged 49, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken to Carlisle Police Station.

Emergency services were forced to close the road for about four hours following the incident, which took place at around 7.20am.

The LGV was carrying four tonnes of empty cans when it crashed.

Police, firefighters and paramedics all attended, along with highways staff who implemented a road closure to ensure the scene could be cleared safely. Collision investigation work was also undertaken.

Local traffic was diverted via minor roads but large vehicles were asked to take alternative routes due to weight restrictions applying on the A685 at Kirkby Stephen.

The road re-opened at around 11am.

A police spokesman said: "There have been a number of incidents in relation to the temporary traffic lights at Sandford and following previous incidents the mandated signage was added to. 

"Police would like to ask drivers to pay particular attention in this area and be aware of the likelihood of standing traffic and the need to stop in the distance that can be seen to be clear."