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'Military style' critical care service to launch in Wales

Medics who are part of a new "military style" rapid response team in Wales will be able to take blood to casualties in what is a world first.

The multi-agency Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Cymru will launch next month and bring some of medical skills usually used on the battlefield to civilian life.

State-of-the-art Welsh Government-funded vehicles for EMRTS (Cymru). Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The EMRTS will bring together a new flying doctors service, A&E specialists from the NHS and critical care experts such as advanced nurses and paramedics.

Officials say the team will be able to deal with a wide raft of life-or-death situations including mass casualty events.

Wales' Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, said it "will be one of, if not the most, comprehensively equipped pre-hospital teams in the world".

Wales name unchanged side for Ireland clash

Warburton will captain Wales. Credit: PA

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown against unbeaten title favourites Ireland in Cardiff.

Gatland predictably retains the starting line-up that defeated France 20-13 in Paris 10 days ago, a result that kept alive hopes of Wales landing a third Six Nations crown in four years.

Two injury-enforced changes on the bench, meanwhile, sees uncapped Scarlets prop Rob Evans replacing Bath loosehead Paul James, who suffered a fractured thumb during the France game, while lock Jake Ball takes over from Bradley Davies.

Victory for Wales would see them stay in the title shake-up, but Ireland are chasing a a record 11th successive Test win against all opponents.

  • L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont Auvergne), J Roberts (Racing Metro), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Racing Metro), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

  • Replacements: R Hibbard (Gloucester), R Evans (Scarlets), A Jarvis (Ospreys), J Ball (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), M Phillips (Racing Metro), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).


Services to be held in memory of Powys car crash victims

Alesha O'Connor and her boyfriend Rhodri Miller were both killed Credit: Dyfed Powys Police/Family photo

Services are to be held today to remember the four victims killed in a car crash in Wales on Friday.

Three 17-year-olds - Rhodri Miller, Corey Price and Alesha O'Connor - and a 68-year-old woman - Margaret Challis - were killed in the collision which took place in Powys as a number of vehicles travelled in convoy.

Ysgol Bro Morgannwg school in Barry, which both boys attended, said on its website there would be services this morning to reflect on what had happened, and an opportunity for pupils to receive further help and support if they need it.

"We will also open a book of remembrance and provide a suitable place to lay flowers in memory of those lost.

"The school would also like to extend an invitation to any former pupils who wish to join us."

The school's headteacher, Dylan Jones, added that both boys were very talented in their own way, Corey in football and Rhodri in science.

He described the situation as "devastating", adding: "It's been a shock to us all, and a number of their friends also are feeling the shock."

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A470 crash: Teenage victims named locally

Corey Price and Rhodri Miller, both 17, died in the collision Credit: Wales News

The teenage victims of Friday's crash on the A470 have been named locally as Corey Price, Rhodri Miller and Alesha O'Connor.

17-year-old Rhodri Miller had recently passed his driving test and was with his girlfriend Alesha and best friend Corey when they crashed into an oncoming car just after 10.15pm.

Two other teenagers travelling in the same car are still in a critical state in hospital.

Margaret Elizabeth Challis, 68, also died in the incident Credit: Dyfed Powys Police/Family Photo

68-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Challis also died in the incident, and the driver of the Golf estate in which she was a passenger remains 'seriously injured' in hospital.

Rhodri and Corey who were both pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry were killed in the collision.

Alesha, who attended St Richard Gwyn Roman Catholic High School, also in Barry, and Mrs Challis from Merthyr Tydfil were rushed to hospital but later died of their injuries.

Floral tribute at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg Credit: ITV News\Emily Gadd

Witnesses who arrived at the notorious accident blackspot after the crash, described seeing a car engine lying in the middle of the road.

We are used to incidents on the Beacons because of the shape of the roads but it wasn't until you got close to it that you could see how serious it was. I got out of my car and approached some of the youths walking around. They seemed a bit shocked which is understandable.

– Nigel Shiel, witness

A total of seven male drivers have now been arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on bail.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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Two further arrests after crash which left four people dead

Two more seventeen year old boys have been arrested in connection with a fatal car crash in Powys, mid-Wales.

A pensioner and three teenagers were killed in the smash, which happened on the A470 near the Storey Arms on Friday.

It brings the total number of arrests to seven.

All seven males aged 17 and 18 have been released on bail pending further enquiries.


Three teenagers and 68-year-old woman killed in crash

68-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Challis was killed in the crash in Powys. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Three 17-year-olds and a 68-year-old woman, named as Margaret Elizabeth Challis, were killed in a car crash in Powys, Mid Wales, police said.

Ms Challis was a passenger in a black Volkswagen Golf estate which was involved in a collision with a green Volkswagen Golf. The driver's condition is described as serious.

The three teenager victims, who were all from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, were in the green Volkswagen car.

Five male drivers, aged 17 and 18, from other vehicles, were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Car crash victim was in sixth form at local school

A teenager who died in a car crash in Wales, which also killed three other people, was in sixth form at a school in Barry, according to reports.

Head teacher at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg reportedly confirmed one of the dead was a current pupil and another victim used to attend the institute.

A statement on the school website said: "Following a car accident we received some sad news about our pupils.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with their families and we wish a speedy recovery to all those who have also been injured in the incident."

Four dead after car crash in Powys, Mid Wales

The number of people dead after a crash between two cars has risen to four.

Two female passengers who were taken to hospital have since died, police said.

The collision took place in Powys, Mid Wales, as a number of vehicles travelled in a convoy.

Five male drivers, aged 17 and 18, from other vehicles, were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, Dyfed Powys Police said.

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