Car crashes through wall at Appleby

Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018

A DRIVER who was attempting to park crashed through a wall before coming to a stop inches from a house in Appleby this morning.

The blue Mercedes car, driven by an 85-year-old man from Eden, ended up in the front garden of a house in Boroughgate at about 10am. The driver and his passenger were uninjured during the incident.

Police were called to the accident, along with a vehicle recovery company which had to lift the vehicle out of the debris.

The crash caused extensive damage to a boundary wall and also railings which ended up impaled on the car bonnet. The home owner was not present when the accident happened, but was to be contacted by police.

The incident was one of several accidents to which police were alerted between 7-24am and 10-15am this morning — with icy weather conditions being blamed as a contributory factor.

• At 7-33am a single vehicle collision occurred on the A686, near Melmerby. The road was partially blocked while the Vauxhall Vivaro Van recovered. The driver, a 50-year-old man from Northumberland was uninjured.

• At 8-45am, there was a single vehicle collision on A686 near Melmerby involving a Ford Fiesta. The car has overturned on to its roof. The driver of the Ford, a 34-year-old-man from Carlisle suffered minor injury that required no treatment.

• Then at 9-18am, there was a two vehicle collision at Carleton Road, Penrith, involving an Audi A1 and a Volkswagon Golf. The driver of the Volkswagen was a 47-year-old man from Penrith and the driver of the Audi was a 30-year-old woman from Penrith. Both parties suffered minor injuries which required no hospital treatment.

Mobile support group inspector, Steve Minnikin, said: "With winter here and the temperatures around freezing in the mornings, motorists need to drive to the conditions in front of them. Hazards such as black ice aren't always visible and the low sun can present visibility issues.

"Drivers legally need to make sure their vehicle is road worthy before driving, and driving without a clear windscreen is illegal. Plan for icy mornings, set off early to give yourself time to clear your car and drive slower. Our advice is drive to arrive and not take any unnecessary risks."