Wrong way crash driver injured in Carlisle bridge jump

A motorist who drove the wrong way down a road in Carlisle causing a crash was seriously hurt when he jumped from a bridge following the incident.

Cumbria Police said the car he was in had been seen speeding at 2250 BST on Friday by officers on patrol.

When blue lights were used, he drove along the wrong carriageway of Castle Way and struck two other vehicles, before the man jumped from a bridge.

Four other people were injured and taken to hospital.

The police spokesman said: "It is believed that the vehicle entered the wrong carriageway and travelled towards oncoming traffic.

Head-on crash

"The police vehicle remained on the correct carriageway and attempted to warn other road users."

One of the collisions was head-on.

The spokesman said: "It is believed that the driver then exited and subsequently jumped from a nearby bridge."

He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he is in a serious condition.

The four other injured people were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle.

An investigation has started and police are appealing for any witnesses.

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