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Police investigating death of street lighting worker

Police are appealing for help following the death of a street lighting worker on the Heads of the Valleys road.

Police want to speak to people who witnessed anything prior to the death Credit: ITV News

The 42-year-old was installing street lighting on the A465 between Cefn Coed and Baverstocks roundabout when an incident occurred yesterday afternoon. A 39-year-old man has been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

The electrician was taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr at 3pm and later died. South Wales Police and the Health and Safety Executive are both investigating.

South Wales Police would like to hear from anyone travelling through the area between 2pm and 3pm and witnessed work being carried out on the lighting installation prior to the arrival of the emergency services. Please call 101 with information.

Woman dies after collision on Heads of the Valleys Road

A woman's died after a collision involving a van on the Heads of the Valleys Road.

The 41 year-old was walking away from a broken down vehicle with a man at around 7:15pm between Pant and Dowlais.

Her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, especially a motorist who stopped to speak to the van driver at the scene, to contact South Wales Police Roads Policing Unit via 101.


Latest section of Heads of Valleys Road opens

Credit: ITV News

It is one of South Wales' busiest routes but is also known for its accident blackspots.

A project to upgrade the Heads of the Valleys Road (A465) was given the green light on 1999.

Today the latest stage of the £800million dualling scheme will be officially opened

The Welsh Government says section three of the A465 dualling scheme, Brynmawr to Tredegar, costing £158million, will improve safety and journey times, as well as boost the economy of the region.

It says the 7.8km section of road, joint funded by itself and the EU, has been upgraded from a three lane road to a dual carriageway to alleviate the current issues of poor visibility, congestion, lack of overtaking opportunities and accident hotspots.

The Welsh Government recognises that improving our transport infrastructure is critical to improving Wales’ economic competiveness. The Heads of the Valleys route is vital to our ambitions for the regeneration of the region by reducing journey times and improving access to jobs and services. The A465 is a crucial artery of our transport network and the principal road link between West Wales and the Midlands. The dualling will also improve safety for all road users.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Fiance: 'Everything I love has just gone in a few moments.'

20-year-old Sophie Williams and her unborn baby died last night, as she travelled home from a Valentines meal with her fiance, 28-year-old Ben Morgan.

She was due to give birth in just two weeks time.

I can't take it in - we were so happy and looking forward to our baby arriving in a couple of weeks. Everything I love has just gone in a few moments.

We had been out for a meal - we didn't have far to travel home.

The impact was all on Sophie's side - she took the full blow.

I am still unable to take in what's happened. This time yesterday, we were laughing and excited about our baby coming soon.

– Ben Morgan, Sophie's fiance

Ben has returned to the scene of the accident to lay flowers for Sophie and his unborn baby girl.

He's due to be interviewed by police about the tragedy.

Her family in Tredegar, Gwent, were too upset to talk of the tragedy yesterday.

Mum-to-be who died in Heads of Valleys crash named locally as 20-year-old Sophie Williams

Floral tributes have been left on the roadside Credit: Wales News

A mum-to-be who was killed in a car crash on the Heads of the Valleys Road yesterday, has been named locally as 20-year-old Sophie Williams from Tredegar.

She was due to have her baby in just two weeks time.

Miss Williams died along with her unborn baby girl as she and her fiance Ben Morgan drove home from a Valentine's meal.

The couple were planning to get married after the baby was born.

They'd been told they were expecting a little girl, and had chosen the name Kayleigh.

The crash happened at 11pm on Friday night during a severe storm at an accident blackspot where roadworks were going on, ironically to turn the road into a dual carriageway, after a high number of fatalities.

Firemen and paramedics freed Sophie from the wreckage and she was taken to Neville Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, but police said doctors were unable to save her and her unborn baby.

Ben and Sophie were in their silver Peugeot 307 when it was in a collision with a blue Peugeot 207 coming the other way.The driver of the other car, a man from Basingstoke, Hampshire, was uninjured but treated for shock.Gwent Police are appealing for anyone who saw the accident to come forward.

Ben is due to be interviewed by police about the tragedy.

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