Latest Incident

At 09.18, two cars collided obliquely head-on on A66 near Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria. There were 5 occupants in one car (Mum, Dad & three children aged 8,10,14), which almost immediately caught fire. All occupants of this car & the one occupant of the other car, despite all having significant injuries, were very quickly helped out/pulled out of the cars by a passing local paramedic & another passer-by & dragged to a safe distance from the burning vehicles. This undoubtedly saved their lives. Local BASICS Caldbeck doctor Phil Spencer was the first doctor on scene & started treating the most seriously injured. BASICS Penrith/BEEP Fund Doctor Theo Weston attended soon after & assisted the lead paramedic in organising the scene in terms of the medical response. Both GNAAS helicopters attended & transported the two adults that were most seriously injured, one of whom was anaesthetised at the scene, to the RVI Hospital in Newcastle. A third helicopter was also called, one of the NWAAS helicopters, which then transported one of the children to the RVI as well due to the potential seriousness of his injuries. The one remaining adult & two children were then taken by land ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.