Toddler is sole survivor of A44 Aberystwyth crash
- 18 June 2014
- From the section Mid Wales
A young girl was the sole survivor of a crash which killed her mother and three others in the family from Llanidloes.
The 18-month-old, named locally as Holly Hughes, is in a serious condition after a day out ended in tragedy on the A44 in Powys on Tuesday.
Alison Hind, 28, her uncle Martin Pugh, 47, and his partner's parents Margaret, 65, and John Kehoe, 72, all died in the collision with a tanker.
Holly was flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
The crash happened at a site between Llangurig and Ponterwyd.
Holly's father Steve Hughes, 36, who was not involved in the collision between the family's silver Ford Focus, a Scania fuel tanker and a white Ford Transit van, is at the hospital with his daughter.
Police said the relatives of those who died had been informed.
Holly's great-grandfather Emrys Davies, 80, said: "It is such a tragedy.
"The police came last night for Steve and he is down in Cardiff now with Holly in hospital. We are all just hoping she will be okay."
The couple also have a six-year-old son.
Martin Pugh lived with his partner Lynn Kehoe on the Gwaelod-y-Bryn estate in Llanidloes, with her parents in the next street.
He was a full-time carer for John Kehoe and had taken the couple with Ms Hind and Holly to Aberystwyth because of the nice weather.
Local councillor Gareth Morgan said: "I often see Martin with the little girl in the town walking their chocolate Labrador. She is a lovely child. They are nice people.
"It's a great tragedy for this community to see a whole family devastated by an accident of this nature. It's hard to find appropriate words to express one's shock and total dismay.
"I would extend my deepest sympathy to the family involved."
Mr Morgan said the road was known to be one of the most dangerous in Wales.
"Little if nothing has been done to improve it in the past 50 years. It calls for a major assessment of the dangers and a major investment because it's a main road into mid Wales," he said.
"Its accident history is quite appalling."
A Welsh government spokesperson said it was committed to doing all it could to make Wales's roads as safe as possible.
"It would not be appropriate to comment on this incident while the police investigation is ongoing."
The A44 was closed for 12 hours after the crash.
It happened around 15 miles (24km) from Aberystwyth, near Eisteddfa Gurig, between the villages of Llangurig in Powys and Ponterwyd in Ceredigion.
The Ford Focus was travelling east on the A44, the transit van was driving behind it and the tanker was going in the opposite direction.
Police were called to the crash at 14:55 BST. Two air ambulances and five other ambulances were sent along with other emergency crews.
Firefighters were at the scene for five-and-a-half hours.
The A44 is one of the main roads in mid Wales and links Ceredigion with Powys. It was closed for 21 miles (34km).
Ponterwyd resident John Wall told BBC Wales the road, which he described as the main pathway from the Midlands to the mid Wales coast, was very busy.
"It's a trunk road but it's not really fit for purpose. There's been so many accidents on the road over the years," he said.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police on 101.
BBC reporter Craig Duggan from the scene on Wednesday:
The road has reopened overnight. Traffic is travelling along the road again this morning.
There is some police tape where the incident happened but other than that the traffic is flowing.
The three vehicles that were involved have been removed from the site.
They have been moved to a nearby location for forensic investigation as the investigation continues into what is yet another fatal crash on this road.
It has been known as one of the most dangerous roads in Wales. In a study last year by a motoring organisation it came out as one of the worst in terms of the number of accidents - serious injury and fatal accidents.