Man died after fall on Calzaghe Bridge

Pictured is the Joe Calzaghe Bridge in Newbridge. (4443557)

Pictured is the Joe Calzaghe Bridge in Newbridge. (4443557)

First published in News

A 91-year-old man died following a fall from a footbridge in a Gwent valleys town, an inquest was told.

Staff from Newbridge leisure centre administered first aid to the man, later identified as Arthur John Grist, after he was seen falling from the nearby Calzaghe Bridge early on the afternoon of last Sunday, March 2, deputy coroner for Gwent Wendy James was told.

An ambulance crew attended and Mr Grist, who lived in Newbridge, was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, where he died later that day.

A post mortem examination subsequently concluded that he died of multiple injuries.

Ms James adjourned the inquest for three months.

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6:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gingertom says...

This bridge is way too long and does not fit in with the village. It is not disabled friendly nor elderly friendly. It is exhausting to walk the length of it.
It is lit up like blackpool illuminations by night but is still very slippery. Newbridge wanted a bridge like they have in ebbw vale by their train station. A simple ramp up then the bridge across and a ramp down the other side.
They did this bridge so that the children would not walk under the subway and that they would go through the village but why then is the access to the old newbridge library shut which gives them a short cut to treowen. They have to walk around the road again. It does not make sense and is useless.
This bridge is way too long and does not fit in with the village. It is not disabled friendly nor elderly friendly. It is exhausting to walk the length of it. It is lit up like blackpool illuminations by night but is still very slippery. Newbridge wanted a bridge like they have in ebbw vale by their train station. A simple ramp up then the bridge across and a ramp down the other side. They did this bridge so that the children would not walk under the subway and that they would go through the village but why then is the access to the old newbridge library shut which gives them a short cut to treowen. They have to walk around the road again. It does not make sense and is useless. gingertom
  • Score: 9

6:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gingertom says...

My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
My thoughts are with his family at this sad time. gingertom
  • Score: 9

3:30pm Sun 9 Mar 14

AmeliaK says...

This bridge is one of the biggest waste of money in the area :( and on top of that it is slippery as well as blinding as you walk across it. It keeps the locals awake all night and it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously hurt. With all the problems like lack of parking etc which is why a lot of people do not shop there they built the bridge and lost us half of the available parking area. the children still walk under the bridge as it is still faster than using the bridge. So sorry to hear of the fatality and I hope their family sue them.
This bridge is one of the biggest waste of money in the area :( and on top of that it is slippery as well as blinding as you walk across it. It keeps the locals awake all night and it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously hurt. With all the problems like lack of parking etc which is why a lot of people do not shop there they built the bridge and lost us half of the available parking area. the children still walk under the bridge as it is still faster than using the bridge. So sorry to hear of the fatality and I hope their family sue them. AmeliaK
  • Score: 1

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