Police name two cyclists killed in Cumbria crash

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The two cyclists killed after being hit by a coach on the A595 at Moota in Cumbria on Sunday have been named by police.

Christian Townend, 29 and his brother Nicholas Towned, 21, both local to the area, were in collision with the coach just before 2.55pm on Sunday, December 5, whilst out riding on the A595 toward Cockermouth.

Both of the men died at the scene.

Christian Townend was a qualified pharmacologist working for United Utilities in Cumbria, and Nicholas was working in the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, before embarking on a further education course.

The 42-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested by police under suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to Workington Police Station to be interviewed. He was released on bail until February 6, 2011.

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, who are encouraged to contact West Cumbria Roads Policing Unit on 0845 33 00 247.

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