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Man arrested after pedestrian dies

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 44-year-old pedestrian died following a collision on the A449 near Usk.

It happened around 5.39am today when a white Mercedes Sprinter van collided with a pedestrian. Police say the pedestrian, from Tredegar, died at the scene.

A 41 year old man from Monmouth has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in police custody.

The southbound carriageway is currently closed whilst officers carry out their investigation.

A449 crash victim named

Robert Smith has been described as a 'wonderful son'. Credit: Family photograph / Gwent Police

A man who was killed when the van he was travelling in collided with a lorry on the A449 has been identified as 20-year-old Robert Smith, from Bridgend.

His family said: "Robert was a wonderful son to Garry and Catherine, he was a loving big brother to Andrew (aged 18), grandson, uncle, boyfriend, nephew and cousin, as well as a good friend and colleague to many."

"He will be so sadly missed by everyone that knew him and his death will leave a large void in many people’s lives."

A 47-year-old man from Bridgend, travelling with Robert in the van, remains in a critical condition in hospital in Cardiff.

The driver of the HGV, a 57-year-old man from the Birmingham area, suffered minor injuries and has veen released from hospital.

Gwent Police is still investigating the collision, which happened just after 2pm on Monday on the A449 between Usk and Newport.

Officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call 101.

Fatal accident on A449 between Usk and Newport

One person has died and another left with life-threatening injuries after an accident on the A449 between Usk and Newport, shortly after 2pm this afternoon.

The collision involved an HGV and a vehicle described as a transit-type van.

The sole occupant of the HGV suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital.

The road was closed for some time, although the northbound carriageway has now reopened. The southbound carriageway is due to be reopened shortly.