Tributes to Salvation Army member killed in Tonypandy crash

Gordon Williams Before he retired Mr Williams was the publican of the Station Hotel in Ynysir

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Tributes have been paid to a former publican and active Salvation Army member who died following a three-vehicle crash in Rhondda.

Wednesday's incident closed a section of the A4119 Tonypandy bypass for four hours.

Reginald Gordon Williams, 75, known locally as Gordon, died at the scene.

Police said his blue Vauxhall Meriva was travelling north when it was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus and a Peugeot 3008.

"He was loved by everyone he came into contact with," a family statement said.

"He would literally do anything for anybody and was always ferrying people about in his car. There will be a big void in all our lives now he has gone."

Mr Williams was an active member of the Williamstown Salvation Army and played many instruments for the band.

Before he retired he was the publican of the Station Hotel in Ynysir.

Officers investigating the crash are appealing for witnesses to contact the South Wales Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.

In particular they say they would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the collision, stopped to help or saw how the vehicles were being driven before the collision.

A 14-year-old girl passenger in Mr Williams' car was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the gold coloured Peugeot, a 75-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the red Ford Focus was unhurt.

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