Witness appeal after serious multi-vehicle M4 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash involving a coach, a lorry and a car on the M4 eastbound between junctions 25 and 26 in Newport. There were multiple injuries but no fatalities.

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Police appeal for witnesses after yesterday's M4 crash

Yesterday's crash, on the M4 eastbound, involved a coach, a lorry and several cars Credit: Benjamin Wright / PA Wire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a multi-vehicle crash that closed part of the M4 for most of yesterday.

The crash, which happened just before 9.30am between junctions 25 and 26 eastbound, involved a coach, a lorry and a car and was described as "serious" by police.

The coach driver and one of his passengers remain in hospital, where both are said to be stable.

More than ten other people were treated for minor injuries.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: "Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call 101 quoting log 91 04/02/14. Those calling from outside the Gwent are should call 01633 838111."

The force added that enquiries are continuing into how the crash happened.

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A spokesman for Caledonian Travel said that the coach driver, who is from Greenock in Scotland, needed surgery to his leg and his wife was travelling to Wales to see him.

He added that despite the Caledonian Travel logo being on the vehicle, it was not carrying their passengers, but was operated by Gibson Coaches.

Gibson coaches confirmed the passengers were an Argentinian youth rugby team and they were on their way from Cardiff to Bath.

M4 crash: Health board treating 'walking wounded'

Aneurin Bevan Health Board says it has been treating 'walking wounded' casualties of the M4 crash Credit: Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Aneurin Bevan Health Board says it has been receiving "walking wounded" casualties at the Royal Gwent Hospital's accident and emergency department in Newport after this morning's M4 crash.

A spokesperson for the health board confirmed ten casualties have been treated for minor injuries in Newport and one has been admitted with more serious injuries.

Two off-site triage centres were also set up in the area following the crash - one at St Julian's clinic and the other at Newport Centre.

M4 crash witness 'shocked' at travellers' lack of help

One eyewitness, 23-year-old Liam Llewellyn from Caldicot, was on his way home when he approached the crash eastbound around St Julians.

He told radio station Capital FM South Wales he was shocked at the number of motorway travellers who tried to continue their journeys without stopping to help, despite the obvious scale of the crash.

Mr Llewellyn said he was initially just one of four members of the public to offer assistance.

My first instinct was to call 999, I managed to get through to emergency services, but the worst bit was everyone just appeared to stay in their vehicles, and no one was willing to help.

As I was on the phone to 999, I asked them do they want me to get out of the vehicle and assess, so then at that point I went to the bus to see the driver, who was in a bad state.

Because the car had actually hit the central reservation, the lady in the vehicle wasn't being attended, so I assessed her and she was OK, but obviously quite distressed.

I don't want to go into details of what I saw, but it was something I've never seen before in my life.

[The students on the bus] didn't speak much English, they appeared to be on tour, but it was just making sure they got to safety as well, get their belongings off, and assessing them, the hand gestures, asking 'are you OK'.

I've always been brought up in an environment where you need to look after people and they'll look after you and I like to think that if I was ever in a situation like that, people would come and help me as well.

I wouldn't class myself as a hero at all, you just do what you got to do to make sure someone's safe.

But a police officer said to the people who helped: 'It's a pity there aren't more like you'.

– Liam Llewellyn, M4 crash eyewitness


Patient update: Eleven hospitalised after M4 crash

Eleven people have been taken to hospital following this morning's crash on the M4 at Newport, it has been confirmed.

The Welsh Ambulance Service says it received a call at 9.29am after the collision, at Junction 25a to 25 eastbound at St Julians, which involved a coach, lorry and a car,

Two rapid response vehicles, two Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles, two doctors, four emergency ambulances, two air ambulances and three ambulance officers attended the scene.

The driver of the coach has been flown to Morriston Hospital with serious injuries.

A second patient has been taken by emergency ambulance to the University of Hospital Wales, also with serious injuries.

Nine patients – one with potentially serious injuries and eight with minor injuries – have been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital. The drivers of the lorry and car were treated at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

Forty-four other students who were travelling on the coach have been taken to a nearby rest centre where two advanced paramedic practitioners and two BASICS doctors provided further assessments.

Coach driver flown to hospital by Wales Air Ambulance

Local resident Richard Quatrini took this photograph of the Wales Air Ambulance from his window Credit: Richard Quatrini

Wales Air Ambulance has confirmed their Swansea-based helicopter attended the M4 crash scene this morning, where they flew the bus driver to hospital.

A spokesperson said: "The crew was mobilised at 09:37 and landed on scene at 10:00 after the road had been closed.

"The WAA paramedics assisted emergency services on scene before airlifting an adult male to Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

"The aircraft left at 10:40 and arrived at hospital 11:00."

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