Eden pair in 'serious' condition in hospital after car crashes through wall of popular A66 cafe

Pair pulled from car after crashing into building on A66

Pair pulled from car after crashing into building on A66

First published in News

TWO Eden men are fighting for their lives in hospital after their car plunged across a busy road and crashed through the wall of a popular cafe.

The two men, both from Appleby, were rushed to hospital on Sunday night after the vehicle they were travelling in ‘somersaulted’ over a car park into the wall of the Llama Karma Kafe, on the A66 near Penrith.

It is believed the driver, aged 50, lost control of the car while travelling on the opposite side of the road to the cafe.

Cumbria firefighter Will Richardson, who attended the scene, said he believed the car had travelled across the central reservation, ‘somersaulting’ across a ditch and a car park, before crashing through a seating area and coming to a stop in the wall of the building.

“It was a miracle the cafe was closed and there was no-one there,” he said.

“The vehicle overturned over the car park and destroyed some tables and benches.”

Firefighters from Kendal and Penrith attended the incident at around 8pm.

They found the two men trapped in the vehicle and used cutting equipment to free them.

Both men were taken by road ambulance to hospital.

The passenger, 56, was taken to James Cook Hospital with a suspected broken neck.

The driver was described yesterday afternoon as being in ‘a serious condition’ at hospital in Carlisle.

Police say no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

 

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4:54pm Tue 29 Jul 14

CharleneBlake says...

What was the make, model, and model year of the vehicle? What did the driver say happened? What did witnesses say they saw or heard? Was there very loud revving heard just before impact? Did the wheels continue to spin after impact?
What was the make, model, and model year of the vehicle? What did the driver say happened? What did witnesses say they saw or heard? Was there very loud revving heard just before impact? Did the wheels continue to spin after impact? CharleneBlake
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5:11pm Tue 29 Jul 14

couldn't make it up says...

Wow..
Wow.. couldn't make it up
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7:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

magical trevor says...

Wow....talk about experts coming out of the woodwork!! What's your agenda Charlene Blake? because there seems to be one hidden beneath the surface of your self serving rant!
Wow....talk about experts coming out of the woodwork!! What's your agenda Charlene Blake? because there seems to be one hidden beneath the surface of your self serving rant! magical trevor
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