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Mathew Chapman, 32, died after his vehicle and the coach collided near Cleddau Bridge, Pembroke Dock, on Tuesday.
The bus driver was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and is still receiving treatment but is now said to be stable. Chapman’s family have released a photo of him through Dyfed Powys Police, as well as a tribute to him. He said: ‘Matt is a dear son, brother, fiancé, grandson and friend to many. ‘He was loved by all who knew and knew him. “We are all shocked and devastated, and would ask for privacy at this time to try to come to terms with what has happened.” The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon near the bridge carrying the A477 over the River Cleddau between Neyland and Pembroke Dock. Fire crews worked hard to try to save both men from the rubble. At the time, NHS Wales advised the public to avoid going to local emergency services unless they had serious or life-threatening injuries, so that doctors could treat those involved in the accident. Firefighters from Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Tenby and Narberth were called to the scene, as well as Dyfed-Powys Air Ambulance and Police. On Tuesday, Dyfed-Powys Police said the A477 between Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest was closed in both directions at Cleddau Bridge.
Mathew Chapman is 32 years old.
The A477 is currently closed between Honeyborough roundabout and Pembroke roundabout and road users are advised to take an alternative route,” a spokesperson said. The Mid and West Wales Fire Service said “many of the passengers on the bus are suffering from various injuries”, while the Welsh Ambulance Service revealed that ten people were taken to hospital for treatment following the incident. “We sent five emergency ambulances, a service operations manager, a Cymru High Acuity Response Unit and non-emergency patient transport service vehicles to the scene,” a spokesperson said. ‘We have the support of colleagues from the Welsh Air Ambulance. We transferred one patient to the University Hospital of Wales and nine other patients to Withybush Hospital for further treatment.’ Frank Rowland posted on Facebook: “Just seen the air ambulance circling around, hope it’s not too serious.”
Senedd member Samuel Kurtz wrote: ‘Very worrying news and I hope everyone involved is well. ‘A special thank you to all our emergency services for reacting to this incident. “As of 4pm, the bridge remains closed, so please avoid it until confirmation arrives that it has reopened.” First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted: “I am concerned to hear news of a major incident at Cleddau Bridge. Details are still emerging. My thoughts are with everyone involved and my thanks to the first responders and emergency services working at the scene. The deep Milford Haven estuary divides Pembrokeshire in two. The road distance from Neyland on the north coast to Pembroke Dock in the south is 28 miles. The bridge opened to traffic in 1975. In the first year of operation, approximately 885,900 vehicles used the bridge. By the end of the year in March 2009, this figure had increased to 4,600,407, the highest number on record. The current figure stands at 4.4 million vehicles per year.