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Tributes to A449 crash victim Robert Smith from Bridgend

Robert Smith
Image caption Robert Smith's death would leave a 'large void' said his family

Tributes have been paid to a "wonderful" and "loving" man who died following a crash involving a lorry and a van on Monday afternoon.

Robert Smith, 20, from Bridgend, was a passenger in the van which was travelling on the A449 near Newport when the collision happened.

A 47-year-old man who was driving the van was critically hurt while the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.

Mr Smith's family said his death would "leave a large void" in people's lives.

In a statement, they said: "Robert was a wonderful son to Garry and Catherine, he was a loving big brother to Andrew, grandson, uncle, boyfriend, nephew and cousin, as well as a good friend and colleague to many.

"He will be so sadly missed by everyone that knew him and his death will leave a large void in many people's lives."

The family also passed on their support to the family of the van driver, who was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The lorry driver - a 57-year-old from the Birmingham area - suffered minor injuries and has been released from hospital.

Meanwhile, Gwent Police have named the driver of a car that was involved in a four-vehicle crash in Monmouthshire on the same day.

Robert Bell, 21, from Long Sutton, Somerset, was in a Ford Focus that collided with a van and two lorries between Llanellen Bridge and the Hardwick roundabout at Abergavenny at about 18:50 BST.

Two of the other drivers were treated for minor injuries while the fourth was unhurt.

Gwent Police are appealing for anyone with information about either incident to call 101.

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