Driver in critical condition and five others in hospital after car crashes into pub in Pontyclun

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The driver of a car is in a critical condition after he crashed into a pub in Pontyclun in south Wales injuring five others.

Emergency services were called to the scene on Llantrisant Road on Thursday evening just after 8:30pm.

Police confirmed a 79-year-old man is thought to have suffered "a medical episode" while driving his car, a silver Ford Puma, which then crashed into The Windsor pub in the village.

A number of pedestrians were injured in the collision with one suffering life-changing injuries. Four others have been taken to hospital as a precaution with minor injuries, officers confirmed. 

One teenager said she had a "lucky escape" after witnessing the incident.

Kaitlin Moore, 16, works at the hairstylists opposite the pub.

She said: "I had just finished work and was waiting for my Mam to come and pick me up."Normally I go and wait right on the wooden bollards where it happened."I was connected to the internet so by chance sat outside the salon. I don't normally connect to it but it was by chance I was connected last night."

She described hearing a "lot of crashing" and witnessing the car go "into the side of the Windsor."

"It was very chaotic and there was a lot of people around," she said."There were three people on the floor and there were people from the upstairs window chucking blankets and pillows down. There were people seeing to the people on the floor."It was a very horrific scene and it was very shocking."

Police described the incident as "very distressing".

“This was a very distressing incident and we are very grateful to the members of the public who came to the aid of the injured people in the moments immediately after the collision", Chief Inspector James Ratti of South Wales Police said.

“We worked alongside our colleagues in both the Ambulance and Fire Services to deal with the casualties as quickly and efficiently as possible," he added.

The public were asked to avoid the area while the incident was being dealt with.

Twitter user Jon posted this picture from the scene which shows a number of emergency vehicles including a fire engine and a police cordon.

Cowbridge Road was closed both ways as emergency services responded to the incident.

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies tweeted to say it was "shocking news" coming from Pontyclun.

"Thank you to the efforts of the emergency services on the scene. "My thoughts are with everyone involved", he said.

Pontyclun councillor Margaret Griffiths said: "People are very concerned for the families and the people that were hurt last night.

"There's no news on who the people are so we don't know how the people are progressing in hospital, but we just hope that they will be ok.