A man has been charged with drink driving following a three-car smash which left two South Shields people seriously injured.
A 67-year-old man from South Shields was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by the Great North Air Ambulance following the accident on the A66 at Temple Sowerby yesterday.
He was driving and suffered multiple and life-threatening injuries and his female passenger, also aged 67, was taken to James Cook hospital with serious injuries.
The man's condition was today described at critical, but stable and the woman's as stable, but with serious injuries.
Cumbria Police said Jerry Bouma, 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.
Mr Bouma, a Dutch national, will appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today (25th October 2016).
During the accident Mr Bouma was driving a Renualt Master van and the South Shields pair were in a Nissan Qashqai. Occupants of the third vehicle, a red Renault Scenic, were uninjured.
Mr Bouma's passenger was taken to Cumberland Infirmary suffering from minor injuries following the collision.
The accident happened on the A66 near Whinfell Forest at around 11am on Monday. Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision to contact PC Euan Stitt of the North Cumbria Mobile Support Group on 101.