TIMES & Star readers have been paying tribute after two people died following a serious crash on the A66.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Saturday morning which involved a car and a tractor.

A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene, police have confirmed.

Shaun Milburn, 34, Maryport, who was driving the Ford S Max and Michelle Pattinson 42, Maryport, a passenger in the car, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The tractor driver, a 20-year-old man from the area, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle for minor injuries.

Following the tragic incident, a number of readers took to social media to send their best wishes to the families.

Margaret Atherton said: "My heart goes out to both families involved. So so sad for your losses."

Margaret MacDonald added: "Oh this is so tragic. Heartfelt sympathy to all family and friends."

Del Pears wrote: "Condolences to both of their families and friends."

Leanne Murray said: "RIP Shaun you will be a massive miss in all or hearts," and Nicki Robins added: "I know the family who are dealing with this and it is such sad news, it really is. RIP Michelle."

Karen Bell said: "I wish the young lad in the tractor all the best for a speedy recovery. Get well soon fella."

Mary Banks said: "Thinking off all the families all all involved," while Linda Stevenson said: "Sincere condolences to all involved."

Police have launched an appeal for information following the accident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police via www.cumbria.police.uk/reportit, or by calling 101.

At the time, a Cumbria Police spokesman said: "The Ford was carrying five people at the time of the collision.

"The three other passengers, a man and a woman in their thirties and a man in his forties, all local, were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle."