IT IS understood a driver who was pronounced dead following a collision on the A6 had suffered a medical episode at the wheel.

The 64-year-old was treated at the scene along with a 14-year-old believed to be his daughter after the accident along the A6 near Shap.

They were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle where the man died. The teenager suffered a hand injury but was not seriously hurt.

It is understood the man died as a result of the medical episode before the crash.

Police, the fire service and the North West and air ambulance services were all called to the scene at around 6.45pm on Tuesday.

The one-vehicle collision involved a Kia Sportage.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “The A6 and B6261 links to the M6 were closed to ensure the safety of casualties and emergency services.

“One lane of the A6, along with the B6261, was reopened at 8.30pm and a forensic collision examination of the scene was completed, with one lane of the A6 remaining closed until 11.30pm.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We’ve attended the scene with multiple resources, including an air ambulance.

“We’ve taken two people to hospital (by road) including a man in his 60s in a critical condition and another person with a hand injury.”

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said three fire engines – from Kendal, Penrith and Shap – attended. Firefighters made the scene safe and were there for around 40 minutes.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Contact 101 with information.