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Police appeal following fatal crash on A487

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a single-vehicle incident which sadly resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman.

The incident took place along the northbound A487 between Aberaeron and Llanon on Tuesday (Mar 13) at around 10:27am.

A police spokesperson said: “The vehicle involved was a 17 plate blue Suzuki Ignis whereby an 80 year old female driver had sadly passed away at scene.

“If anyone has any information on this incident please contact Ceredigion roads policing unit on the 101 number quoting reference 075 of March 13.”

Paul Kelly, a Milford Haven resident, was behind the car during the incident – and tried to save the life of the female driver.

Paul Kelly: He pulled the woman out of the car

He told The Herald: “We were driving down the A487 and a car in front of us was swerving around the road, and then she drove up the hedge, the car slid, and it ended up on the passenger side with the engine running.

“My mate jumped out of the car, and I had to jump out of the back door.

“Rushing like an idiot – a car passed me and ran over my foot.

“Despite this, I climbed up on top of the car, my colleague switched the engine off, and told me to drop inside of the car, so I did.

“I dropped down to the bottom window, then one of the boys said they would cut the seatbelt with a Stanley knife he had.

“As he did this I was trying to steady her head, and felt for a pulse, but I couldn’t find one and as she was cut her full body weight fell on to me.

“I said ‘let’s get her out of here’, so we smashed the back window and also managed to get the boot open.

“We got the lady outside and put her in to the recovery position. Again we couldn’t find her pulse, so we started to do CPR.

“The police came and took over, but there was still no reaction, then paramedics came and tried to resuscitate her.

“The air ambulance arrived and the lady showed a bit of response – they did get a bit of a pulse, one of the paramedics told me that it was faint.

“She was taken to hospital – I don’t know if she survived.

“I have to say the response time was good by all emergency services.

“I was taking to Aberystwyth hospital to have them look at my foot. It turns out it’s just a twisted ankle and bruising – so I am lucky.

“The whole incident was a big shock – I didn’t sleep last night and all I could see it over and over again.”

A spokesperson for the Wesh Ambulance Service told the Herald: “We were called at approximately 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 13 March 2018) to reports of a one-vehicle road traffic accident between Aberaeron and Llanon.

“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and two emergency ambulances to the scene, where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance.”

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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