A449 between Usk and Newport reopens after crash
Updated 3:56pm Monday 5th May 2014 in Gwent news
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.
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.”
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.”
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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