A teenager who was about to have her first driving lesson was airlifted to hospital after her instructor’s car was in a crash with a lorry.
The 17-year-old and the instructor, whose car was stationary at the time, were both hospitalised but police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
The accident happened yesterday afternoon on the road that links Cargo to Kingmoor on the northern edge of Carlisle. The teenage was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance’s Pride of Cumbria helicopter. Her driving instructor, from the city-based Danny’s School of Motoring, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with suspected neck and chest injuries.
The school’s owner Danny Daniels, 55, said after the accident that he had spoken to the instructor involved and that he was not badly injured. Apparently, they were sitting in the car at the side of the road and the car was station. It was her first driving lesson – she had literally just turned 17 and the lesson was a birthday present. She had just taken off her seat belt as they were just about to swap seats when the collision happened.