Coroner Calls For A66 Upgrade To Prevent More Fatalites.

31st March 2016

A DAD who died with his toddler son in a crash was probably distracted by his children when their car drifted into the path of an oncoming lorry.

Michael Jopson, 25, might have glanced in the rear view mirror or turned his head in the moments before his Peugeot was in a head-on collision with a truck, an inquest heard.

Both the service station supervisor and his son, 18-month old Tony, died instantly on the A66 in one of the most shocking fatal crashes in Cumbria in recent years.

Mr Jopson's other son, two-month-old Logan, suffered serious injuries in the crash but has since made a good recovery.

Cumbria's senior coroner David Roberts said he could not say the road was at fault in the tragedy, which happened on a single carriageway stretch of the A66 near Crackenthorpe.

But he is to write to the Government over improvements to the route, saying future fatalities were possible unless it was upgraded.

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