An 18-month-old baby girl remains in a serious condition after a crash that killed her mother and three of her family. The child, named locally as Holly Hind, was flown to hospital after a car, van and tanker collided on the A44 near Aberystwyth yesterday. Ian Lang reports.
An 18-month-old girl whose mother and three family members were killed in a road crash is said to be in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital.
The toddler, Holly Hind, is being treated at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for serious head injuries, Dyfed Powys Police said.
Four members of the same family - the girl's mother Alison Hind, 28, the girl's uncle Martyn Pugh, 47, and his mother- and father-in-law Margaret and John Kehoe, aged 65 and 72 - were travelling east in a Ford Focus when they were involved in the crash.
Family friend Gareth Morgan, who has sat on Powys County Council for 40 years, said the community would be hurt at the loss of four residents.
An 18 month old girl remains in a serious condition in hospital following a crash near Eisteddfa Gurig that killed four of her relatives. The girl, named locally as Holly Hind, was airlifted to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Little Holly Hind, had a "miraculous escape" when her mother and three of her family were killed in an horrific crash on a country road in Powys yesterday.
The 18 month-old, was rescued alive from the back seat when the family car was in a pile-up with a fuel tanker and a van.
Mother Alison Hind, 28, was killed along with her uncle Martyn Pugh, 47, after a seaside day-trip. Martyn's parents-in-law John Kehoe, 72, and Margaret, 65, joined them and were also killed in the head-on crash.
Holly was flown more than 80 miles to hospital by air ambulance from the accident on the A44 country road at Llangurig near Aberystwyth. Holly was today is in a serious condition in hospital but is expected to survive.
Holly's father Steve Hughes, 36, is at her bedside at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff as she receives specialist care.
The family all lived in the close knit village of Llanidloes in West Wales - where people told of their shock at the tragedy.
Holly's great-grandfather Emrys Davies, 80, said, "It is such a tragedy. The police came last night for Steve and he is down in Cardiff now with Holly in hospital. We are all just hoping she will be okay."
Friend Margaret Pugh said: "This is just terrrible - they were a very close and caring family. The one comfort we can take is that the little girl survived. We are all praying she will be fine."
Alison and Steve have another son Ethan, six, who was in school at the time of the tragedy.
Llanidloes councillor Gareth Morgan said: "It is a dreadful shock - four in the car were killed but the little girl miraculously escaped. "I often see Martyn with the little girl in the town walking their chocolate Labrador. She is a lovely child.
"This will have a devastating effect on the town - we are a small community where we all care for each other."
Two men and two women who were killed when a fuel tanker, a car and a van collided on the A44 near Aberystwyth on Tuesday afternoon are believed to be from the same family from Llanidloes.
An 18-month-old girl was flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in a serious condition following the crash between Llangurig and Ponterwyd. She suffered head injuries and remains in a serious condition.
Eluned Thomas, from Eisteddfa Gurig farm about two miles away, called the emergency services after a woman alerted her to the accident.
She said the tanker was travelling towards Aberystwyth and she believed the other vehicles were going in the opposite direction.
Mrs Thomas said road traffic accidents "happen all the time" in the area, "It's a windy road the A44. It's a trunk road. It's a very important and busy main road," she added.
She said the woman asked her to call for help because there was no mobile phone coverage at the crash site.
The A44 is one of the main roads in mid Wales and links Ceredigion with Powys. A 21-mile stretch of the road was closed last night but reopened at around 3am, police said.
A young girl remains in a serious condition in the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff following a crash between a tanker, a car and a van on the A44 between Llangurig and Ponterwyd yesterday afternoon.
She is believed to be related to four others who were killed in the incident, with two men and two women sustaining fatal injuries.
All five were travelling in the car and were from the Llanidloes area. Next have kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
The road was closed whilst investigations were taking place, but re-opened just before 3 this morning.