Phillip Bath from Nantyglo is named locally as dead driver in Heads of the Valleys crash

Phillip Bath was killed in the crash

Phillip Bath was killed in the crash

First published in News

A motorist killed in Saturday's Heads of the Valleys crash where two people died has been named locally.

The crash, involving two motorcycles and a car, happened near the bus stop on the Gilwern to Brynmawr stretch of the A465 on the outskirts of Clydach at 12.35pm on Saturday.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, while the other motorcyclist remains in a critical condition at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.

The driver of a Peugeot 206, was travelling towards Brynmawr when he was involved in the collision with a Yamaha motorcycle and a Brutale motorcycle which were travelling towards Abergavenny.

The driver, named locally as Phillip Bath, was flown by air ambulance to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff where he died on Sunday. The car's passenger suffered minor injuries.

Friends remembered motorist Mr Bath on a Facebook memorial page.

More than 400 people joined a group called RIP Phillip Bath let the memories live on, to pay their respects.

Mr Bath, 29, who also went by the nickname Kinky, is believed to be from the Coed Cae estate in Nantyglo, and previously attended Nantyglo Comprehensive School.

Friends on a car enthusiast Facebook page called Valleys Cruise said he had a daughter called Ellie.

Some members suggested holding a minute silence at a car cruise event last night, while another suggested organising a cruise in his memory.

Chris Granch James wrote of the tribute site: "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.You will always be with us In our hearts forever Pam Steel said: "So sad, another young life taken too early. I bet everyone on here has a story they could tell about you kinky boy that would raise a smile. RIP mukka, give those angels hell and raise up some storm clouds up there."

Emma White wrote " RIP Phillip, You're Gunna Be Missed By Lots Of People Sleep Tight Hun!"

Lisa Marie Lawrence wrote: "RIP bbe, u will be missed, sleep tight xxxx" , Kat Bourne said: "RIP mad 1 u wil b missed by every1 da memories me gor ov u wil stay wiv me 4eva sleep tight bbe."

 


COMMENT

The tragic deaths of two young motorists on the Heads of the Valleys road this weekend is another stark reminder of the need to complete the dual carriageway work as early as possible.

Whatever the circumstances of the accident, we know at least two families' lives will never be the same again after Saturday's accident on the A465.

It is a lethal stretch of road which only last year claimed the lives of Nevill Hall Hospital worker Stephanie Curtis, 35, and her six-year-old daughter Ffion Elizabeth Merrifield.

Between 2000 and 2009 figures show there 281 accidents involving casualties between Abergavenny and Dowlais Top with seven dead and 77 seriously injured.

Funding of £40m has already been secured for the next phase of dualling the A465 between Brynmawr and Tredegar and work should start by April next year.

But the section where this weekend's fatal accident occurred won't be started until 2014 at the earliest.

The work will go through the environmentally sensitive Clydach Gorge which is bound to present its own set of problems when it comes to construction work.

There will undoubtedly be complaints from campaigners about the damage to the area and motorists about the traffic disruption it will cause.

But go ahead it must and without delay in the hope that this weekend's terrible events will not be repeated.

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1:23pm Mon 29 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

Just spent most of Monday Oct 29th sweeping leaves on the path leading down from the Drum and Monkey pub to the area on the A465 where people can leave floral tributes. I have also swept the area where I set up for people a focus area with a Crucifix , early on Sunday morning. The layby on the heads of the valley ( bus stop) is quite a dangerous pull in, and could I perhaps suggest people park in the car park at the drum and money in Blackrock and walk to the area, which is less than a minute, which is safer for you all. God bless all of you in your loss. ( Julian Tapping Paws2Remember).
Just spent most of Monday Oct 29th sweeping leaves on the path leading down from the Drum and Monkey pub to the area on the A465 where people can leave floral tributes. I have also swept the area where I set up for people a focus area with a Crucifix , early on Sunday morning. The layby on the heads of the valley ( bus stop) is quite a dangerous pull in, and could I perhaps suggest people park in the car park at the drum and money in Blackrock and walk to the area, which is less than a minute, which is safer for you all. God bless all of you in your loss. ( Julian Tapping Paws2Remember). paws2remember
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1:31pm Mon 29 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

I personally am in favour of the new re-dualling of the A465, which will have a massive impact in particular for us who live here. I have been in constant contact with the contractors, Costain - who's plans to date have cost 7million pounds. The Clydach Gorge is a very important area of conservation, history and natural beauty. I firmly believe Costain will deliver their promise of being very sympathetic to the area ( the Gorge). I am alarmed that the agreed mph of 50, through the gorge, once the new road is completed, will now be raised to 70mph. A three lane road should never have been built in the 1960's, and it should have been a four lane right from the start. Saturdays tragic events upset many of us living here and we hope the little small acts of kindess we have shown on the tragic day and afterwards, will bring the families involved, some comfort that where their loved one's died, people deeply cared about them, even though we never knew them. (Julian Tapping).
I personally am in favour of the new re-dualling of the A465, which will have a massive impact in particular for us who live here. I have been in constant contact with the contractors, Costain - who's plans to date have cost 7million pounds. The Clydach Gorge is a very important area of conservation, history and natural beauty. I firmly believe Costain will deliver their promise of being very sympathetic to the area ( the Gorge). I am alarmed that the agreed mph of 50, through the gorge, once the new road is completed, will now be raised to 70mph. A three lane road should never have been built in the 1960's, and it should have been a four lane right from the start. Saturdays tragic events upset many of us living here and we hope the little small acts of kindess we have shown on the tragic day and afterwards, will bring the families involved, some comfort that where their loved one's died, people deeply cared about them, even though we never knew them. (Julian Tapping). paws2remember
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1:34pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Maff says...

RIP Kinky
RIP Kinky Maff
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6:17pm Mon 29 Oct 12

tina bath says...

R.I.P bro we all love and miss u and love u loads. ****
R.I.P bro we all love and miss u and love u loads. **** tina bath
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1:10am Tue 30 Oct 12

del price says...

another 2 lives claimed on this road it will be a good thing when alterations take place such a terrible shock for families of phillip and john hope tthey truelly are in a better place wonderful to see how the community pulled together with victims families and the emmergency services to r i p and sympathy to both families
another 2 lives claimed on this road it will be a good thing when alterations take place such a terrible shock for families of phillip and john hope tthey truelly are in a better place wonderful to see how the community pulled together with victims families and the emmergency services to r i p and sympathy to both families del price
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1:10am Tue 30 Oct 12

del price says...

another 2 lives claimed on this road it will be a good thing when alterations take place such a terrible shock for families of phillip and john hope tthey truelly are in a better place wonderful to see how the community pulled together with victims families and the emmergency services to r i p and sympathy to both families
another 2 lives claimed on this road it will be a good thing when alterations take place such a terrible shock for families of phillip and john hope tthey truelly are in a better place wonderful to see how the community pulled together with victims families and the emmergency services to r i p and sympathy to both families del price
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