Monday 20 November 2017

Man arrested after Irish dad killed in Wales road crash

The fatal crash caused an enormous tailback on the M4 in Wales
The fatal crash caused an enormous tailback on the M4 in Wales
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

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

Stud farmer Nick Murphy from Courtnacuddy, near Enniscorthy, was delivering horses when his truck got a flat tyre.

The father-of-two was repairing the wheel on the hard shoulder when a van approached at speed and struck him.

A 29-year-old employee was with Mr Murphy at the time but was unharmed. The incident occurred shortly after 7.20am 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.

Last night, Courtnacuddy priest Fr James Nolan described Mr Murphy as "a wonderful man, loved by all."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick's family at this time, so close to Christmas," he said. "It is a tragedy for all involved. His heartbroken partner 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.

Wayne Masefield from Newport told the Irish Independent that it was a sight that "no one should ever see."

"I ran over to the guy on the floor for first aid, and he was deceased," said Mr Masefield, who is trained in first aid.

"I couldn't do anything for him, so I got some cones to block off the traffic. It's just shook me up a little bit."

The crash resulted in a 13-mile tailback from Newport to Cardiff.

The motorway was closed for a lengthy period while emergency services attended the scene.

The scene of the crash did not fully reopen to traffic until after 3pm yesterday.

Irish Independent

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