A449 between Usk and Newport reopens after crash

Driver fights for life after A449 crash between Newport and Raglan

Driver fights for life after A449 crash between Newport and Raglan

First published in Gwent news
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UPDATE: 3.30pm

THE dual carriageway which shut after a lorry crash this morning has reopened.

The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am, leaving a 38-year-old driver in a “serious” but “stable” condition in hospital.

Gwent Police Insp Gavin Clifton said the A449 between Usk and Coldra in Newport had reopened in both directions at around 3pm.

UPDATE: 12.45pm

A LORRY driver injured in a dual carriage way crash remains in a serious condition in hospital, police said this afternoon.

The 38-year-old man received head and facial injuries after his vehicle overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am.

The driver was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with what were believed to be “life threatening injuries”.

However, Gwent Police Insp Paul Jackson said this afternoon that his condition was “serious” but “stable”.

Police hoped to reopen the A449 this morning but it remains shut in both directions between Usk and Coldra in Newport.

A Gwent Police spokesman said: “The road was closed and remains so as South Wales trunk road agency assess and repair the damage caused to the carriageway and barrier.

“Officers investigating the circumstances are appealing for any witnesses to contact Gwent police by ringing 101.”

UPDATE: 9.08am

A LORRY driver received life threatening injuries after crashing on the A449 this morning.

The male driver appears to have lost control of his vehicle, hit the central reservation and his lorry overturned shortly after 6am, police said.

The A449 between Usk and Coldra in Newport is shut in both directions and is not expected to reopen before 10am.

The driver has been airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

No other vehicle was involved in the southbound carriageway crash and diversions are currently in place.

Gwent Police Insp Paul Jackson said: “The driver appears to have lost control and ended up hitting the central reservation and overturned.

“The male driver was seriously injured and he does have life threatening injuries.

“As it is a bank holiday we anticipate heavy traffic later in the day but there has been no rush hour and there hasn’t been any traffic congestion.

“We anticipate to reopen the road at 10am.”

UPDATE: 8.13am

THE A449 is closed both ways this morning due to an overturned lorry between the Raglan interchange and J24 of the M4 at the Coldra.

The lorry collided with the central reservation just after 6.15am, about two miles north of the M4.

Emergency services are at the scene.

Trapped traffic has now been released, with traffic coping well surrounding the closure.

A diversion is in place: southbound via the A40 and A4042 rejoining the M4 at Junction 26 and northbound vice versa.

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4:28pm Mon 5 May 14

displayed says...

"The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am"
Was the driver tired
Had he had enuff sleep
How long had he been driving
Did he fall asleep at the wheel...............
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"The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am" Was the driver tired Had he had enuff sleep How long had he been driving Did he fall asleep at the wheel............... ... displayed
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6:02pm Mon 5 May 14

Limestonecowboy says...

displayed wrote:
"The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am" Was the driver tired Had he had enuff sleep How long had he been driving Did he fall asleep at the wheel............... ...
How insensitive can you be? this is someones loved one working over the holiday why make such comment.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am" Was the driver tired Had he had enuff sleep How long had he been driving Did he fall asleep at the wheel............... ...[/p][/quote]How insensitive can you be? this is someones loved one working over the holiday why make such comment. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Mon 5 May 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

displayed wrote:
"The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am"
Was the driver tired
Had he had enuff sleep
How long had he been driving
Did he fall asleep at the wheel...............

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I don't think it's the time to be trowing around ideas like that. I have encountered alot of rabbits and badgers crossing on the A449 so it could have simply been that or some other vehicle could have been involved that did not stop, or may have had heart attack. Nobody knows at the moment and the police will work out what has happened. For the road to be closed for so long I think that the least likely is lack of sleep etc as they would have either read the driver card or simply done a read out of the digital tacho. That takes about 10 mins after the scence has been cleared. If the card or print out had shown that there had been driver error or miss use they would have opened the road sooner.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: "The lorry overturned on the A449 shortly after 6am" Was the driver tired Had he had enuff sleep How long had he been driving Did he fall asleep at the wheel............... ...[/p][/quote]I don't think it's the time to be trowing around ideas like that. I have encountered alot of rabbits and badgers crossing on the A449 so it could have simply been that or some other vehicle could have been involved that did not stop, or may have had heart attack. Nobody knows at the moment and the police will work out what has happened. For the road to be closed for so long I think that the least likely is lack of sleep etc as they would have either read the driver card or simply done a read out of the digital tacho. That takes about 10 mins after the scence has been cleared. If the card or print out had shown that there had been driver error or miss use they would have opened the road sooner. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 6

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