Pembrokeshire County Council says it is helping police with their investigation after ten bus passengers were rescued on Saturday night.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s own enquiries confirmed the road was in the process of being closed and that signage was being erected at Pen-y-Cwm, north of Newgale. However, the Council operatives at Pen-y-Cwm were already directing traffic to use an alternative safe route avoiding the Newgale road. The bus driver was informed of the situation at Newgale and that the alternative route should be followed. However the driver chose to continue his journey along the main road.
A Council operative followed the bus in his own car equipped with a flashing orange beacon on the roof. He was also flashing his headlights in an attempt the stop the bus but was unsuccessful. A member of the public on the bridge at the bottom Pen-y-Cwm Hill also tried to flag the bus down with a torch but he too was unsuccessful. The Council has provided information to the police in relation to their investigation into the incident.
Winds in the area reached speeds of more than 50mph on Saturday night.
Coastal and flood-prone communities across Wales are preparing themselves for another battering from the weather this weekend
Ceredigion Council estimates that damage in Aberystwyth and elsewhere in the country will top £1.5m.