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Whiplash claims after collision

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14th May 2014

A severe car crash in the north-west of the country could lead to motor accident compensation as an elderly couple recover from their injuries.

Local newspaper for the Cumbria region the News & Star reports that the 78-year-old driver of a Fiat Punto had to be cut from his vehicle after the high-speed collision.

The Keswick man was driving him and his wife down the A591 beside Thirlmere just before 6pm on Sunday.

The man’s wife also suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

She was released from hospital on Monday morning.

The injuries sustained by the woman's husband however are described as life threatening.

He's been flown by Great North Air Ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment to multiple broken bones in his arm, leg and suspected pelvic and spinal fractures.

His condition was described by the hospital as stable this morning.

A Ford C-Max belonging to Carlisle newsagent Andrew Bailey is believed to have also been involved in the accident.

The head-on car accident saw the road become closed for four hours.

Mr Bailey's wife Estelle suffered serious whiplash and was flown by air ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but was released this morning.

She could go on to pursue whiplash claims to receive damages for her suffering.

The news agents 69 year-old father Ron, and friend Ann Bowling were also in the vehicle during the crash, and were taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

They were said to have been kept overnight for observation.

Mr Bailey regales that he was on his way to a Rotary function in the town of Bassenthwaite,

He said: "Everything just happened so fast. I was lucky I got out of the car within seconds."

Mr Bailey was also keen to praise the passers-by who stopped to help with the casualties involved.

He goes on to say describe the condition of his car as "amazing".

He told the News & Star: "The front end and engine were completely destroyed but there was no intrusion into the footwell. We could all get our doors open but we couldn’t get them closed again.

"I was amazed how well our car took the impact especially as we were embedded in a granite wall after the collision.

"I’ve never been through anything like that before and I never want to again."

Reported by Fiona Campbell