Motorway closed in horror smash – 29 taken to hospital

Twenty-nine people have been taken to hospital following two crashes involving a minibus and four cars which has closed a section of the M4 near Cardiff.

The road is shut between junction 33 Capel Llanilltern and junction 34 Miskin following two separate accidents on either side of the carriageway.

One woman has been airlifted to hospital and another 28 people taken to three hospitals by ambulance.

crash on M4
crash on M4

Traffic is queuing for miles and a South Wales Police officer said he believed there would be disruption for a few hours.

Fireman Lee Morley from Swansea was one of the first on the scene; the 27 year-old was driving westbound when he saw the crash happen.

“All of a sudden I saw on the other side [of the road] a lot of queuing stationary traffic to go up to the sliproad,” he said.  “Then the minibus went into the back of a car, the car then went into the back of a Range Rover and that then went into another car, which spun out and scrunched.”

Mr Morley immediately pulled into the hard shoulder.  “I jumped over the barrier and a woman in the car which spun out was breathing but unconscious. But I got her to come round by talking to her and doing what I’m trained to do,” he said.  “An off-duty nurse then took over from me while I then helped other walking wounded.  It was crazy and surreal.”

Mr Morley said two air ambulances attended and one took the injured woman to UHW.  “There were children standing on the side of the road, they had been in the cars caught up in it,” he said.  “The minibus was full of pensioners and I think they were on their way to see the musical Top Hat in Cardiff. They were mainly walking wounded with some significant cuts and bruises.”

The University Hospital of Wales said it is treating people injured in the crash and, as a result, other non-urgent patients may experience long waits.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the injured were being taken to three hospitals in the area – UHW, the Princess of Wales in Bridgend and the Royal Glamorgan in Llantrisant.  Eyewitnesses caught up in the disruption said traffic was gridlocked.

Snow is heading to Swansea Bay! Met Office predicts chilly weather!

As of this morning, the Met Office is forecasting that snow is heading to Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthen this week, amongst a mixed bag of poor weather.

On Tuesday, from 7pm in Carmarthen, and 10pm in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, snow has been predicted across the hills, away from the coastline. The latter will continue to experience heavy rain and temperatures as low as four degrees Celsius.

Yellow warnings of wind and rain are currently in force from midday on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday, as low pressure hits Wales. Chief forecasters have warned that there could be some localised transport disruption, as well was water on the roads and some flooding.

Strong winds will prevail the whole week, with gusts reaching a peak of 66mph on Thursday morning.

See what Swansea stars have to offer, Roy! Evening Post invites England manager Hodgson to city

TODAY the Evening Post is sending an invitation to England manager Roy Hodgson offering him an all-expenses paid luxury trip to Swansea.

We have joined together with some of our leading businesses to make sure his first visit to the city and the Liberty Stadium is one to remember.

Mr Hodgson has come under fire for overlooking the Swans’ English contingent —  despite Wales’s only Premier League club’s unbeaten start to the season. He has never crossed the Severn Bridge as England boss despite being in post for more than two years.

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Driverless cars to be allowed on Swansea roads from next year

DRIVERLESS cars are to be allowed on public roads including in Swansea and south west Wales from next year.

Companies like Google have already made such technology famous by using such vehicles.

But the UK Government wants Britain to be at the forefront of the technology.

Measures to boost research will be announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable later.

Tests with driverless cars have so far been restricted to private roads.

MIRA, the automotive engineering firm, has tested its vehicles at an 850-acre site in the Midlands.

But the Government hopes to catch up with places like the US States of California, Nevada and Florida which have all paved the way for the vehicles to use public highways.

Google’s driverless car has done more than 300,000 miles on the open road in California.

Japan and Sweden have also made moves in this area, with 1,000 autonomous Volvos to be allowed on the roads by 2017.

Google plans to manufacture 100 self-driving vehicles. One prototype has just a stop/go button, with no steering wheel or pedals.

Toyota, Audi and Lexus have used Google’s technology, while manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and General Motors, are developing their own vehicles.

Some vehicles, such as certain models of Mercedes, already have some autonomous controls for parallel parking.

But the FBI has warned that driverless cars could be used as lethal weapons.

Swansea gets its very own Milky Way as Wales’ first starpath is laid

A glow-in-the-dark pathway known as a “Starpath” has been introduced in a Welsh park for the first time.

Groundbreaking technology means the path that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in Swansea’s North Hill district now lights up at night.

Swansea Council is behind the UV-powered project with funding from the Welsh Government’s Tidy Towns initiative.

The spray-on technology generates its own energy during the day and then the special chemicals in the path interact to produce a glow at night.

Sybil Crouch, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability said of the project: “This is the latest in a number of schemes to significantly improve Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill for nearby residents and people who pass through the area every day.

“Not only does the Starpath look lovely at night, but it’s also sustainable and energy-efficient, capturing sunlight to enhance safety in unlit areas.

“It’s our goal to work with local residents to transform Bryn-y-Don Park from a neglected patch of land into a valued asset for the many communities it serves. This project shows how serious we are about realising our objective.”

Cloe Gerrard, who chairs the Friends of Bryn-y-Don Park group, said: “We’re thrilled with the new path and so happy that Swansea Council has been able to provide this for our community. It gives the Friends of Bryn-y- Don Park a fantastic point to progress from and you’ll hopefully be able to see many more positive changes soon.”

Hamish Scott, Owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd who invented the Starpath, said: “We’re delighted that Swansea Council recognise the benefits of Starpath, and our innovative re-surfacing methodology is now on the pathway that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill.

“We’re overwhelmed by the public and media response for this product globally, and now Swansea has the first Starpath in Wales.”

Other recent improvements to Bryn-y-Don Park include a new play area for children. Swansea Council’s parks and highways departments have also cut back overgrown vegetation, cleared rubbish, made entrances more accessible and planted wildflowers.

New shrubs will also soon be planted.

Shark spotted off the coast of Britain could be heading to Swansea Bay…oh, and she could be pregnant

A 2,000lb shark may be making its way to Swansea Bay and experts believe she is pregnant.

The hulking great white shark which has been sighted 800 miles away from Britain could be pregnant – meaning a whole school of potentially killer fish.

The shark, which has been named Lydia, has become the first of its species, which are endangered, to be recorded crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and she may be heading for our coastline with the intention of giving birth here.


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