A MAN has died after the car he was a passenger in crashed into a wall in Kendal.

Emergency services were called to Aynam Road just before 10.45pm on Saturday after the silver Peugeot left the road between Parr Street and Aynam Place.

Cumbria Police said a male passenger died at the scene and two other occupants of the vehicle were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after treatment from paramedics.

One of them – a 28-year-old Kendal man – was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in hospital.

The family of the man who died have been informed but his name has not yet been released.

Witnesses reported hearing a ‘bang’ and then sirens as police, ambulance and fire service teams raced to the scene last night.

Sean Hevey, from Cumbria Fire Service based at Kendal, said eight firefighters in two appliances were sent to the scene.

Mr Hevey said two people were out of the vehicle when crews arrived.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to free the deceased male from the car.

Aynam Road was closed overnight and well into this morning as investigations continued but it has since re-opened.

Flowers have been laid at the accident site.

Cumbria Police have appealed for information about the manner in which the vehicle was being driven shortly before the crash, the events of the collision itself or any other information which could help the investigation.

Witnesses are urged to contact Kendal Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.