Drivers in Cumbria urged to take care on icy roads

CUMBRIA Police are urging motorists to drive with caution this morning as icy conditions continue.

One lane of the M6 southbound at Plumpton is currently blocked due to a vehicle which has skidded on the ice - there are not believed to be any injuries.

Police are urging communities to be prepared, only drive if essential and look out for vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours.

Pavements can be just as dangerous as roads if they have not been gritted or cleared so take care when walking as well as when driving.

Last night the A66 was closed in both directions between the A685/B6276 New Road, Brough and the A67 at Bowes due to treacherous road conditions.

Emergency services were called to a one vehicle road traffic collision on the M6 Northbound between junctions 36 and 37 at around 8.15pm.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service attended and said three casualties were in the care of the ambulance service when they arrived. Crews ensured the scene was safe before leaving.

Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team were requested by police at around 7.40pm to assist in evacuating three people from two cars stranded in winter conditions on Wrynose Pass.

Team members were on their way when police confirmed that they had managed to get to the people and evacuate them themselves.

And at around 7.30pm, a HGV jack-knifed on the M6 near Shap, causing delays on that road.

 

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