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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Carlisle garage boss dies in north Cumbria crash

Carlisle garage boss Mike Telford has died following a car crash near Wigton.

Mike Telford photo
Mike Telford

Mr Telford, 75, died shortly after the two-car accident opposite Wheyrigg Hall Hotel, near Abbeytown, at 4.08pm yesterday.

Mr Telford, who set up the Kingstown dealership in 1994, was driving a classic Citroen at the time – one of a few he collected.

He was one of the top Cumbrian rally drivers in the Sixties and Seventies, competing in internationals at home and abroad.

A spokeswoman for Citroen Telford declined to comment this morning but said staff at the garage, where Mr Telford was a director together with his wife Shirley, had been told the sad news.

A statement from Cumbria Police said Mr Telford, from Warwick-on-Eden, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle but died shortly afterwards.

The B5302 was closed by police for around five hours while accident investigators examined the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old man from Maryport, was helping police with their inquiries. He suffered minor injuries. Two fire appliances from Wigton and Silloth were also called out.

Meanwhile, icy roads led to a spate of crashes today with at least two cars overturning.

One man was initially reported as trapped after his Ford Ranger XLT overturned on the B5307 Moorhouse to Carlisle road, half a mile from the city.

The road was closed in both directions after police, firefighters and paramedics were called out shortly before 8am. The 46-year-old driver, who managed to free himself, was taken to hospital with serious injuries at 8.20am.

At 8.05am, another car was reported as being on its roof at Blackford, half a mile from the A7. The driver, a 19-year-old local man, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary. He was not believed to be seriously injured.

A one-vehicle accident was reported near Brisco just after 9am, involving a woman driver.

An HGV was reported as being stuck at Hutton John, in Penrith, at 8.15am. The road was cleared by 8.55am.

Police warned of “hazardous” driving conditions at several locations, including the A686 at Hartside Pass between Melmerby and Alston due to snow. They said ice had been reported at Harker Park, near Carlisle, on the A7 but it later cleared.

Ice was also reported on the A591 between Crosthwaite roundabout at Keswick and the A595 at Bothel.

The A6 was closed due to snow between Shap and Kendal, and the A685 was also shut due to snow between Tebay, junction 38 of the M6, and Grayrigg.

A county council spokeswoman said all priority one and two routes had been gritted overnight but that when rain or light snow fell on the grit it reduced its effectiveness.

“When this happens, like it did last night, this means that water was being added to the road surfaces all night, either diluting or washing away any salt that had been put down,” she said. “In these instances, we don’t just patrol once on an evening and leave it – full night shift staff were working last night to re-salt where required. However, because of the rain, the roads are very wet in the morning and some would not have suitable concentrations of salt – meaning they have iced over again.”

She said Blackford was a priority one route and had been gritted, as had Briscoe Road Ends, but Hutton John was a rural road and not on the priority network.

Temperatures tonight are expected to plunge to around –2C but the weekend forecast is slightly warmer than recent days, before another cold snap next week.

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