POLICE are currently investigating the two-vehicle collision which caused major disruption on the A591 Staveley bypass on Friday night (January 24).

The crash occurred at approximately 3.50pm and involved a blue coloured Fiat Panda driven by an elderly female from Windermere and a grey coloured Peugeot driven by a woman from Dumfries.

Firefighters attended the crash and the incident blocked the road in both directions and diversions via Staveley were put in place.

The public were advised to avoid the area if possible and the accident caused ‘heavy’ traffic through Staveley village. The road was shut for over four hours while the scene was examined.

A passing motorist told The Westmorland Gazette that she had seen six emergency vehicles at the scene and that the roof of one of the cars appeared to have been removed.

A Cumbria fire spokesperson said: "Crews used special cutting equipment to free a casualty who was trapped.

"They were then passed to the care of the ambulance service."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Colin Keane on 101.