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Paralympic silver medallist Karen Darke hurt in crash

Karen Darke
Image caption Inverness-based Karen Darke won silver at London 2012

Inverness-based Paralympic cyclist Karen Darke is recovering in hospital after a crash in Cumbria.

Darke, who won silver in the women's H1-2 time trial at London 2012, was on a training run near Penrith last Tuesday when she was hit by a car.

It was understood that her low-slung hand-cycle was hit from behind and the car went over one side of her machine.

Darke is receiving treatment to arm, neck and shoulder injuries at Cumberland Infirmary.

The driver, a 57-year-old man from Penrith, was not injured in the collision near Clifton Dykes.

Cumbria Police is investigating the incident.

Born in Halifax, 41-year-old Darke has based herself in the Highlands for a number of years.

She was paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident when she was 21.

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