Monday 19 March 2018

Irish stud farmer killed on Welsh motorway as he changed flat tire

The scene of the fatal crash
The scene of the fatal crash
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A 56-year-old Irish man has been killed in a horror road crash on a busy Welsh motorway.

The stud farmer, Michael 'Nick' Murphy from Courtnacuddy near Enniscorthy in Wexford, was delivering horses when his truck got a flat tyre.

It is understood the he was a father of two, and that he was repairing the wheel in the hard shoulder when he was struck by a passing vehicle.

A 29-year-old employee was with Mr Murphy at the time but was unharmed.

The incident occurred shortly after 4.30am on the busy M4 road near Newport in South Wales.

Welsh Police have arrested a 45-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Twitter users @wallacico and @wade_saunders tweeted about the lengthy tailbacks
Twitter users @wallacico and @wade_saunders tweeted about the lengthy tailbacks

Tonight Courtnacuddy parish priest Father James Nolan described Mr Murphy as “a wonderful man loved by all.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family at this time so close to Chrismas”, he said.

“It is a tragedy for all involved.  His heartbroken wife Julie is being comforted by family and friends.

“He was well known and respected by all in the equestrian community. He will be missed.”

A 41-year-old security guard who was first on the scene has described the “utter carnage” he encountered.

Security guard Wayne Masefield from Newport told that it was a sight that “no one should ever see.”

“I ran over to the guy on the floor to give him first aid, and he was deceased," said the trained first aider.

“It was utter carnage. Something like that is something no one should ever see. It’s just shook me up a little bit.

“I couldn’t do anything for the guy on the floor, so I got some cones to block off the traffic and parked my van in front of the body.”

The crash resulted in 13-mile tailbacks from Newport to Cardiff. The motorway was closed for a prolonged period while emergency services attended the scene.

It did not fully reopen to traffic until after 3pm this afternoon.

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