Motorcyclist and car driver both dead after Heads of the Valleys road smash

Another person has died following a collision on the Heads of the Valleys Road, near Brynmawr which has already taken the life of a motorcyclist.

A Peugeot 106 car, travelling towards Brynmawr was involved in a collision with a Yamaha motorcycle and a Brutale motorcycle, which were travelling towards Abergavenny at around 12.35pm on Saturday on the outskirts of Clydach.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, near the bus stop on the Brynmawr to Gilwern stretch of the A465.

The driver of a Peugeot 106 was taken from the scene by air ambulance to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff where he later died.

The other motorcyclist remains in a critical condition in hospital. The car passenger suffered minor injuries.

A nearby resident, of Blackrock, said he heard a huge explosion that rocked the valley.

"A plume of smoke filled the air and I heard screaming," he said.

"I ran in the direction of the smoke and saw two nurses who happened to be using the road at the time treating an injured man close to the bus stop layby."

"There was police and paramedics everywhere and the Wales Air Ambulance landed within 45mins on such difficult terrain."

"Myself and two neighbours did everything we could to help and stayed with the families providing cups of tea.

On arrival at the scene, emergency services pronounced one of the motorcyclists dead, while the other motorcyclist and the driver of the car suffered critical injuries. The car passenger had minor injuries.

The driver of the car was taken by Air Ambulance to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff, while the surviving motorcyclist and the car passenger were taken to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

The A465 Heads of the Valley Road between the Gilwern and Brynmawr roundabouts re-opened at 11pm.

While the cause of the collision is not yet known, this is the second tragedy to shock the commuunity in recent times.

On April 29 last year Nevill Hall Hospital worker Stephanie Curtis, 35, and six-year-old daughter Ffion Elizabeth Merrifield of Nantyglo died within hours of one another after a horrific head-on crash a mile west of Gilwern when her Peugeot was in a collision with a Mercedes.

A bouquet of flowers with the message 'with deepest sympathy', a crucifix and set of candlesticks were among the tributes left at the scene on Sunday morning.

Gwent Police is appealing for anyone who witnesssed the collision to contact Gwent Police by dialling 101.

 

UPDATE: 20.27 POLICE are making an appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or were in the area at the time of the collision to contact them by dialling 101.

Officers are aware of several people who were in the vicinity of the collision, which occurred at around 12:35, who haven’t as yet spoken to officers.

These people are urged to come forward as they might hold vital information in regards to cause of the collision.

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8:48pm Sun 28 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

On behalf of us @ Paws2Remember in Blackrock .. our deepest condolences. Yesterday's events were to us, shocking and many of us who live here did not sleep last night. I know I was awake all night.. I went to the crash site at 8am- cleaned the litter and other debris and made the place presentable for anyone wishing to pay their respects, esp' the next of kin of the deceased (s). I placed from my funeral home a set of brass candlesticks and a crucifix , so that the families involved could have a focus point at the location of their loved one's passing. I 'phoned Gwent Police Traffic dept at 9am, to convey that the best way to access the location, for anyone wishing to pay their respects would be via the Drum and Monkey pub car park in Blackrock, as the layby (bustop on A465) is deff' not the safest place to park. It's now Sunday evening, and we are still in shock what has happend in front of our home, in a beautiful part of Wales. May God bless you all and may those who have died, rest in peace. +
On behalf of us @ Paws2Remember in Blackrock .. our deepest condolences. Yesterday's events were to us, shocking and many of us who live here did not sleep last night. I know I was awake all night.. I went to the crash site at 8am- cleaned the litter and other debris and made the place presentable for anyone wishing to pay their respects, esp' the next of kin of the deceased (s). I placed from my funeral home a set of brass candlesticks and a crucifix , so that the families involved could have a focus point at the location of their loved one's passing. I 'phoned Gwent Police Traffic dept at 9am, to convey that the best way to access the location, for anyone wishing to pay their respects would be via the Drum and Monkey pub car park in Blackrock, as the layby (bustop on A465) is deff' not the safest place to park. It's now Sunday evening, and we are still in shock what has happend in front of our home, in a beautiful part of Wales. May God bless you all and may those who have died, rest in peace. + paws2remember

8:51pm Sun 28 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

I also would just like to thank Tracey and Barry , who supplied Gwent Police with tea well into Saturday night, which was a bitterly cold night, before the rain set in. We are a very small community in Blackrock, and that love is so evident. God bless you Tracey and Barry.
I also would just like to thank Tracey and Barry , who supplied Gwent Police with tea well into Saturday night, which was a bitterly cold night, before the rain set in. We are a very small community in Blackrock, and that love is so evident. God bless you Tracey and Barry. paws2remember

8:59pm Sun 28 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

Finally above all, a big thank you from me to my lovely neighbour Belinda, from our village... who stayed with me with the family of the passenger of the car involved. Belinda, you are one of life's angels upon earth. I also wish to thank my partner Paul, who kept the tea supplies rolling. To all those who are experts in their profession in medicine, you are heros. I know to the family their loss is dreadful but I hope my words here convey that I was there, and that you faught hard for their loved ones. You really did. God bless you all.
Finally above all, a big thank you from me to my lovely neighbour Belinda, from our village... who stayed with me with the family of the passenger of the car involved. Belinda, you are one of life's angels upon earth. I also wish to thank my partner Paul, who kept the tea supplies rolling. To all those who are experts in their profession in medicine, you are heros. I know to the family their loss is dreadful but I hope my words here convey that I was there, and that you faught hard for their loved ones. You really did. God bless you all. paws2remember

9:04pm Sun 28 Oct 12

paws2remember says...

Finally to James, who was ever present, a big thank you for your help . God bless you m8.
Finally to James, who was ever present, a big thank you for your help . God bless you m8. paws2remember

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