MOTORISTS who saw a crash involving two HGVs on the A66 in Cumbria yesterday have been urged to contact police after a 24-year-old driver was left seriously injured.

The man sustained suspected head and pelvic injuries and a broken arm in the collision, which happened at Turks Head, near Warcop, at around 2.10pm.

He was trapped inside his cab and had to be cut free by firefighters before being flown to Middlesborough's James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance's Pride of Cumbria helicopter.

His condition was described as 'stable' by police this morning.

The second lorry driver escaped serious injury in the accident, which triggered a minor collision between two other vehicles.

Police said one of the HGVs was an old military-style recovery vehicle with a bright orange cab which was towing another HGV.

Witnesses to the collision have been asked to contact PC Phil Bradbury at Cumbria Police's Northern Roads Policing Unit on 101.

Police closed the A66 at the Great Musgrave junction for nearly eight hours after the crash.

It re-opened at around 7.50pm.

Diversions were in place along the A685 where weight restrictions were temporally lifted.