Nine people rushed to the clinic following a tragic vehicle crash that resulted in the deployment of emergency air ambulance.

Nine people rushed to the clinic following a tragic vehicle crash that resulted in the deployment of emergency air ambulance.

Major Incident Declared as Bus Crashes on Cleddau Bridge

A major incident unfolded today in Pembrokeshire as a 52-seater bus collided with a bridge, resulting in multiple injuries to passengers and the driver being severely trapped. The incident occurred around 2:20 pm on Cleddau Bridge, a vital passage carrying the A477 road over the River Cleddau, connecting Neyland and Pembroke Dock.

First Responders on the Scene

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue quickly responded to the scene, describing it as a ‘road traffic collision involving one 52-seater bus and a private motor vehicle.’ The severity of the incident is evident as one driver remains trapped, and numerous bus passengers are reported to have sustained various injuries.

NHS Wales Urges Caution

Reflecting the gravity of the situation, NHS Wales issued an advisory urging the public to avoid local A&E departments unless faced with life-threatening or serious injuries. The statement emphasized the need for medical resources to be dedicated to treating those affected by the crash.

Multi-Agency Response

The emergency response was extensive, involving firefighters from Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Tenby, and Narberth, along with the Air Ambulance and Dyfed Powys Police. Dyfed-Powys Police announced the complete closure of the A477 between Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest at the Cleddau Bridge and advised people to steer clear of the area.

Community Concern and Support

Local residents and community members expressed their concern and support through social media. Observers noted the presence of the air ambulance in the vicinity and hoped for the best possible outcome. Public figures, like Senedd member Samuel Kurtz, extended their well-wishes to those involved and commended the emergency services’ swift response.

Bridge Closure and Historical Context

As of 4 pm, Cleddau Bridge remained closed to all traffic, pending confirmation of its reopening. The bridge, spanning the Milford Haven estuary, has been a crucial link in Pembrokeshire since its opening in 1975. Over the years, its usage has grown significantly, with millions of vehicles crossing it annually, making it a vital transportation route for the region.

First Minister’s Thoughts

Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, shared his thoughts on the incident, expressing concern and gratitude for the first responders and emergency services working diligently at the scene. The situation remains dynamic as details continue to emerge, and authorities focus on addressing the aftermath of this tragic accident.

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