Category: Conwy

Referency Library – Wales – Conwy

A55 crash involving car and lorry sparks huge delays

Motorists faced huge delays on the A55[1] after a crash involving a lorry and a car.

Emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway just before J20 for Colwyn Bay[2] at 11.40am.

One lane was closed for more than an hour as the vehicles were recovered from the expressway.

A car is recovered from the roadside after a crash on the A55

A car is recovered from the roadside after a crash on the A55 (Photo: Hadyn Iball)

Nobody was hurt during the smash.

The incident sparked long queues with traffic queueing from Colwyn Bay to J23 for Llanddulas for more than two hours.

All lanes were reopened shortly before 1pm with the traffic jams clearing just before 2.30pm.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called shortly before 11.40am to reports of a road traffic collision on the A55 westbound near junction 20 for Rhos on Sea.

“A crew in an emergency ambulance attended the scene.”

References

  1. ^ A55 (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Colwyn Bay (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Lorry ‘somersaults’ through wall in Conwy county

A lorry “somersaulted” through a wall before landing on a driveway closing the road for more than four hours.

The one-vehicle crash shut the B5106 Llanwrst Road in Ty’n Y Groes.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 3pm today after the HGV flipped over and careered through a wall and on to a driveway of a bungalow.

The driver escaped serious injury, but was taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd[1] where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Recap: Overturned lorry careers into house in Conwy county[2]

Hugh Jones, who lives in Henryd, stopped at the scene to see if he could offer assistance.

He told how the lorry driver was lucky not to have died.

Mr Jones said: “The lorry appeared to be carrying telegraph poles. It was on its side after having crashed into a bungalow’s driveway, situated below Iolyn Park.

”Luckily a passing doctor and nurse was tending to the driver who had a bad cut to his forehead, and appeared to be very dazed.”

A lorry is righted after crashing onto its side at Henryd near Conwy

A lorry is righted after crashing onto its side at Henryd near Conwy (Photo: David Powell)

He added: “He’s very lucky he was not killed as the lorry ended on it’s side resting against a wall. There’s oil all over the driveway, there’s quite a lot of mess.”

A neighbour told how the occupant of the bungalow has been left “shaken” by the incident.

She said: “I was just coming up the road and there was a car in front and then I saw the lorry turned over on the drive. It has brought down the wall and caused quite a bit of damage.

“Outside the property is a gas tank and there’s a bit of worry it has been damaged in the crash.

“My neighbour is very shocked and shaken by it.”

Recovery workers had to use a crane to winch the badly damaged lorry away, while gas engineers have also been seen at the scene.

The road re-opened at around 8pm.

References

  1. ^ Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Recap: Overturned lorry careers into house in Conwy county (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Lorry driver who was fiddling with his sat-nav just before crash which killed 37-year-old is jailed

A LORRY driver who failed to see traffic which had slowed down for roadworks had made the “fatal error” of fiddling with his sat-nav just before he hit the back of a Transit pick-up, a judge said. A dash-cam recording from the HGV was shown at Caernarfon crown court of what happened shortly before Nicholas Clough, 36, smashed into the vehicle on the A55 dual carriageway at St George, near Abergele – killing 37-year-old married dad Daren Longden. The prosecution alleged he was distracted. Clough, of Bromborough, Wirral, who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, was jailed for three-and-a-half years. A two-and-a-half years driving ban with a re-test was also imposed. Prosecuting counsel Matthew Curtis said Clough had a hands-free mobile phone system and received a call a few minutes before the tragedy on a straight section of road. “Mr Clough’s final comment during that conversation was, if he found an address, he would get back to his colleague who he was speaking to on the phone. “He was searching on his satellite navigation system for an address his colleague was trying to locate In Birkenhead.” Mr Curtis said :”It’s a case of dangerous driving because of the elements of distraction.” For about a mile before the scene of the crash there were warning signs about roadworks. The barrister said :”They were clearly visible to the defendant. About 800 metres prior to the scene of the collision there were road signs warning ‘queues likely’.” Clough had driven from Widnes in Cheshire that morning. Mr Longden was heading from Leeds to Colwyn Bay, working for a roofing firm, and had been a front seat passenger in the Ford Transit pick-up which was sandwiched between Clough’s wagon and a second lorry in front. The prosecutor said Clough had slammed on his brakes less than two seconds before the smash and collided at 37mph, pushing the Transit forward. His HGV was limited to 57mph. The judge, Recorder Peter Griffiths QC, commented :”The Transit is virtually decimated.” The driver, Neil Jackson, had severe whiplash injuries and suffered nightmares. He saw his colleague – a friend – had died. The judge said Clough had a clear view for 600 metres. He told him :”The real cause of this accident is the combination of the use of your mobile communication to speak to this other person who was inquiring about an address. Your fatal error was to fiddle about with your sat-nav in order to assist him. “It’s quite clear from the recording I have seen and audio transcript that when that call ceased before the accident occurred you had indicated you would call him back if and when you found the relevant information. “It’s obvious to me you missed the warnings there were roadworks ahead.” Recorder Griffiths added :”Your attention must have been on trying to assist your colleague and thereafter to ring him back.” At the last moment he realised vehicles had stopped ahead and the result was “devastation.” The court heard that 15 miles before the crash he had received, read and replied to a text message. Defence lawyer Peter Horgan said Clough was “hardworking, decent, caring and sensitive.” Mr Horgan said :”This is a man who is genuinely wracked with remorse. On this occasion he’s made a mistake he will have to live with for the rest of his life.”