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Four dead in Lake District crash

Four people have been killed and three others injured in a road crash in the Lake District, police said.

The driver and two passengers of a Ford Fiesta, all women, and the driver of a Vauxhall Astra died in the collision.

A third car, a Chrysler Neon, was also involved in the accident at about 2000 BST on Saturday on the A595 in Moota, near Cockermouth in Cumbria.

All three cars ended up off the road and two burst into flames. Police are appealing for witnesses.

They are particularly keen to re-interview a man who stopped at the scene and gave a statement.

A 21-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger in the Fiesta, was taken to West Cumberland Hospital, in Whitehaven, after suffering serious injuries.

She was in a critical but stable condition, police said.

All the victims were from West Cumbria.

The male driver of the Neon and his male front seat passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to the same hospital.

No fog

Fire crews spent more than four hours at the scene dealing with the aftermath of the crash.

Station Officer Dave McDonald, of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: "When we got there, there were a number of vehicles involved, two of which were on fire.

"We used hose reels to put the fire out. The second crew used cutting gear to release the casualties."

Two of the cars were heading northbound on the single carriageway road while the third was being driven south when the crash happened, police said.

Police said they thought the road had been "damp but not wet" and there was no fog.

The A595 between Bothel and Papcastle was closed for several hours.

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