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Road Traffic Accident News Updates in Cardiff, South Wales [2022]

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Here is a rolling feed of road traffic accident updates from in and around Cardiff in 2022.

As part of our ongoing campaign to offer road safety advice and help support anyone who has been involved in a road traffic accident, we have launched an initiative called #StayRoadSafe.

We hope that these monthly road traffic updates on our local roads will help to raise awareness of dangerous driving and how to stay road safe.

Keep up to date with the monthly road traffic news in Cardiff here:

  • 28th June 2022 – Two motorists hospitalised by serious Cardiff crash

    A two-vehicle road traffic accident on the A4232 road into Cardiff caused both drivers to be hospitalised and caused long delays for other motorists. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which left one of the drivers with life-threatening injuries. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said they were called to a road traffic collision on Southern Way in Cardiff that “required a multi-agency response”. The statement read: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and were supported by the emergency medical retrieval and transfer service. Two patients were transported to University Hospital of Wales for further treatment.”

  • 24th June 2022 – Motorcyclist airlifted to Cardiff hospital after serious crash

    The Black Mountain road in Brynamman was closed for over three hours after a motorcyclist collided with a fence and had to be airlifted to University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident, but the road was closed for a significant period of time to allow the victim to be carefully attended to. A police spokesman said: “At approximately 1.30pm yesterday (Thursday, June 23), a single motorcycle road traffic collision was reported on the A4069 Black Mountain road. The motorcycle had collided with a fence, and the male rider had sustained serious injuries. Air Ambulance attended the scene, and the casualty was conveyed to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. The road was closed, but re-opened at approximately 5pm.”

  • 15th June 2022 – Car overturns to shut busy Cardiff road

    A busy commuter road in Cardiff was closed on Wednesday morning, after a two-vehicle collision resulted in both cars being overturned, but miraculously no one was seriously injured. A police statement read: “Shortly after 9.10am this morning emergency services were called to a road traffic collision on Newport Road in western Cardiff which involved two vehicles, a Mercedes and a Toyota Rava. There are no reports of serious injuries. Newport Road has been closed in both directions between the junctions with Colchester Avenue and Rover Way.” The road was closed for a number of hours causing major congestion on surrounding routes.

  • 14th June 2022 – Cardiff street closed after male pedestrian hospitalised in crash

    A male pedestrian was hit by a car on a busy Cardiff street and the incident closed the road for several hours as police and emergency services attended to the scene. The incident happened on Thursday evening, with local police stating:  “We are at the scene of a serious collision on Moira Place Adamsdown. The road is currently closed. It is expected to remain closed for some time.” After ambulance crews took the man to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff, the road was reopened by Wednesday morning.

  • 9th June 2022 – Lorry hits central reservation to cause long delays in Cardiff

    A road traffic accident involving a lorry closed one lane of the A4232 into Cardiff in both directions for several hours, causing long delays for frustrated drivers. The lorry hit the central reservation around 2pm, with traffic immediately slowing, but the single lane was still closed at 21.30 on Thursday evening as road traffic police attempted to repair the scene. A tweeted statement from Traffic Wales read: “Collision travelling in both directions on the A4232 between Culverhouse Cross and M4 J33 Capel Llanilltern. Lane two in both directions currently blocked. Expect delays if you’re travelling in the area.” Barrier repairs were still ongoing at 21.30.

  • 29th May 2022 – Cardiff city centre bus collision kills woman

    A 63-year-old woman was fatally struck by a bus on Saturday afternoon in Cardiff city centre, and despite the efforts of members of the public, the woman died at the scene. The accident happened on Queen Street shortly after midday and a spokesman from South Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:  “We want to thank those members of the public who assisted us at the scene and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any dash-cam footage of the incident. The road was closed for several hours while we investigated the collision and I want to thank motorists for their patience and understanding during this time.”

  • 28th May 2022 – Ed Sheeran blamed for 15 mile tailbacks on major Cardiff routes

    A combination of half-term holidays and the second of Ed Sheeran’s sell-out shows at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium are being blamed for 15-mile tailbacks on the M4 leading into Cardiff. Holidaymakers flying from Cardiff Airport are also said to have contributed to the traffic delays, with widespread security issues causing long delays at the airport and a knock-on effect on the roads.

  • 26th May 2022 – Gardener banned after alcohol-fuelled crash

    A self-employed gardener was over the drink-driving limit when he shunted a car and caused a three-car pile-up while taking a break from work in the Llandaff area of Cardiff. The prosecutor at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court said: “He realised far too late what was ahead of him and shunted one car in the back, which then hit another. Police attended and suspected he was under the influence of alcohol.” The 53-year-old man had twice taken a break from work to drive to a shop to buy bottles of wine, which he had consumed while working and later caused the accident. He received a 23-month driving ban, 10 days of rehabilitation activity, 80 hours of unpaid work, £85 in prosecution costs, and a £95 victim services surcharge.

  • 3rd May 2022 – Friend pleads for leniency after drink and drugs-induced accident

    A 21-year-old female caused a serious road traffic accident which left one of two friends in a coma, after driving while 12 times over the legal limit with drink and drugs in her bloodstream. The accident in August 2021 left one friend in a coma in the University of Wales hospital in Cardiff after they attended a party together. Despite being left with life-changing injuries, the victim wanted to spare his friend from jail, with a statement in court saying: “I do not blame her for the collision. It was an accident, it was not intentional. I want her to know I do not want her to go to prison.” However, the 21-year-old woman was jailed for a total of 22 months and was told she would serve half of that in custody before being eligible for release on licence. She was also disqualified from driving for four years and 11 months.

  • 3rd May 2022 – Serious collision causes commuter chaos

    A serious collision closed a busy Cardiff road for ninety minutes, causing long delays for motorists on Tuesday morning. Emergency services were called to the scene just after 10.00am to attend to a collision which involved just one vehicle. The police issued an immediate statement saying: “We are at the scene of a serious collision at Rumney Hill, Newport Road, Cardiff. The road is currently closed in both directions between Wentloog Road and Ty Mawr Road It is expected to remain closed for some time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes where possible. Delays are expected in the area.” The accident was cleared and the road reopened within an hour and a half.

  • 29th April – Two people hospitalised after serious cyclist crash

    A teenage motorcyclist and a pensioner cyclist were both hospitalised after a collision which closed a busy commuter route out of Cardiff for seven hours. A police statement said: “South Wales Police is investigating a serious road traffic collision which happened shortly after 1.15pm yesterday (Thursday April 28) on the A468, Nantgarw (Nantgarw Hill) opposite the junction of Heol-Y-Dderwen. The collision involved a motorcycle and a bike. The motorcyclist, a 17-year-old boy from Caerphilly, and the cyclist, a 78-year-old man from Treorchy, were conveyed to the University Hospital of Wales having both sustained serious injuries.” Police are now appealing for eyewitnesses to the incident.

  • 26th April – Morning commute chaos as two-vehicle smash closes busy Cardiff road

    A busy commuter route into Cardiff was thrown into chaos this morning after a two-vehicle road accident which saw one driver hospitalised. A police statement read: “Officers were called following reports of a road traffic collision on the A470, southbound, near the Coryton roundabout. The collision involved two vehicles.” The road was closed for around two hours, with all lanes reopened by 9.45am.

  • 15th April – Police incident causes Good Friday chaos in Cardiff area

    Police were forced to close the M4 near Newport at 5.30pm on Good Friday to attend to a ‘concern for welfare’ incident, which caused Bank Holiday traffic chaos stretching back to Cardiff. Gwent police issued a statement which read: “We received reports at around 4pm from members of the public concerning the welfare of a man on the M4 between junction 24 and 25 eastbound. Local officers attended supported by Traffic Wales and the Welsh Ambulance Service. The man has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The M4 is open both east and westbound, we thank motorists for their patience.” All lanes were reopened by 6.30pm, but those wanting to make a quick getaway for Bank Holiday plans were still caught up in traffic congestion which took some time to ease.

  • 13th April – Overturned van causes major congestion after multi-vehicle accident

    An accident involving two cars and an overturned van caused chaos on the M4 between Newport and Cardiff this morning. Two lanes of the busy motorway were closed while emergency services dealt with the situation. The incident occurred at Junction 23 (M48 interchange) on the M4 around 4.00pm and traffic was also slow on Woodlands Roundabout on the A4081 Malpas Road. The incident was cleared around 6.30pm and no serious injuries to those involved in the incident were reported.

  • 6th April – Tunnels delay after crash closes busy M4 stretch

    One lane of the M4 near Brynglass Tunnels was closed to commuters on Wednesday after a road traffic accident. Emergency services attended to the crash on the eastbound carriageway at J26, near Malpas, at around 3.36pm, and while delays were seen to stretch back to junction 28, the lane was reopened after an hour when the crash scene was cleared, and congestion slowly eased.

  • 25th March – Pedestrian hospitalised after vehicle smash on Cardiff street

    Police and ambulance services were called to a serious collision on a Cardiff street after a vehicle collided with a pedestrian. The emergency services were called to Cathedral Road in Pontcanna following the incident between Talbot Street and Hamilton Street. A pedestrian required hospital treatment but their injuries are not thought to be serious. The incident occurred at 6.00pm and the area was cleared by 7.30pm, police are appealing for eye witnesses to the incident.

  • 22nd March – Fatal crash closes M4 for eight hours

    The M4 was shut in both directions between Junctions 34 and 35 Pencoed and Miskin last night as an accident at 9.20pm killed a driver at the scene. A police statement said: “The collision involved a black Audi A3. The driver of the Audi, a 41 year-old man from Llanishen, was pronounced dead at the scene.” Although the road was reopened at 5.00am police investigations into the crash are ongoing.

  • 21st March – M4 crash causes heavy congestion in Cardiff area

    A collision between two vehicles on a busy stretch of the M4 caused heavy congestion this afternoon. The motorway was closed for nearly two hours after the collision, and a police statement read: “We were called to the Pyle area of the M4 near Bridgend this afternoon (March 21) at 12.08pm to reports of a two-car road traffic collision. We sent one emergency ambulance and the hazardous area response team to the scene. Two patients were taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital for further treatment.” The road wasn’t closed until 2.00pm and although it reopened around 4.00pm, it took ninety minutes for the congestion to fully ease.

  • 14th March – Woman airlifted to Cardiff hospital after mountain road accident

    A female driver was airlifted to the University hospital of Wales in Cardiff today after a crash on the A4061 Bwlch Mountain Road. A police statement said: “South Wales Police are at the scene of road traffic incident involving one car, which happened on the A4061 at Treorchy. The female driver of the car has been taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.” The road was closed in both directions but re-opened around 5.00pm.

  • 11th March – Deputy Minister hails safer streets campaign in Cardiff North

    Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters, was on hand to launch a pilot scheme in Whitchurch in Cardiff aimed at testing the process to reduce the national default speed limit on residential streets and busy pedestrian roads from 30mph to 20mph. The scheme has the objective of reducing road traffic accidents and providing safer streets, particularly around schools, and is one of eight such schemes being rolled out across Wales. Mr Waters said: “The evidence is clear, decreasing speeds not only reduces accidents and saves lives, but helps improve people’s quality of life – making our streets and communities a safer and more welcoming place for cyclists and pedestrians, whilst helping reduce our environmental impact.”

  • 1st March – Stadium road closure causes Cardiff city chaos

    A road closure caused by a road traffic accident near to Cardiff City Stadium caused rush hour traffic congestion on Tuesday. South Wales Police said in a tweet: “We are at the scene of a serious collision on Broad St Canton. The road is currently closed in both directions between Sanatorium Road and Leckwith Rd. It is expected to remain closed for some time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and delays are expected in the area.” The collision occurred at 5pm and a later tweet from the police confirmed that the road was reopened at 9pm.

  • 28th February – Rush hour accident closes two lanes of busy Cardiff motorway

    An accident closed two lanes of the M4 near Cardiff in rush hour traffic on Monday morning, causing huge delays for commuters. The accident spread debris across the westbound carriageway between junction 32 Coryton and junction 33 Cardiff West, and the lanes were closed for several hours, causing congestion for early morning motorists.

  • 21st February – 4-year-old girl dies in fatal M4 road smash

    A four-year-old girl and her three-year-old brother have both died in a tragic road accident on the M4 near Cardiff on Saturday 5th February. Four people were rushed to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in total, including the children’s mother, who was also seriously injured in the crash. A 41-year-old man has already pleaded guilty to the charge of causing the death of the two children by dangerous driving at Cardiff Crown Court.

  • 21st February – 30-year-old hospitalised in Cardiff after A465 horror crash

    A 30-year-old man is “fighting for his life” after his Black Fiat 500 left the road in an accident on the A465 near Merthyr Tydfil, north of Cardiff. While the man remains in a critical condition, police are now appealing for witnesses and issued the following statement: “A black Fiat 500 car was travelling towards Cefn Coed when the vehicle left the road. The driver, a 30-year-old local man was taken to the University Hospital of Wales where he remains in a critical condition. The road was closed for around eight hours to allow for investigation work to be carried out. The Police thanks members of the community for their patience and understanding during this time.”

  • 17th February – Drug driving man kills girlfriend in terrifying Cardiff plunge

    A 35-year-old male drove his 28-year-old girlfriend off a motorway bridge while high on cocaine in a shocking accident caught on roadside CCTV. On the A470 in Cardiff in November 2020, the man drove through a red light at 64mph, across two lanes of traffic and through a roadside barrier before the car disappeared into woodland. The man escaped the wreckage but his girlfriend died at the scene. He was jailed for seven years and banned from driving for eight years at Cardiff Crown Court.

  • 7th February – Multiple vehicle pile-up in Cardiff puts man in ‘critical condition’

    A road traffic accident involving five vehicles caused major traffic headaches and put one driver in a ‘critical condition’ in hospital on Sunday evening. The busy road in Cardiff was closed and fire crews and emergency services attended to the scene for several hours. A South Wales police spokesperson said: “At 8.26pm yesterday, Sunday February 6, South Wales Police attended a road traffic collision at Maindy Road, Cardiff. The collision involved five cars. The male driver of one car remains in hospital in a critical condition.”

  • 5th February – M4 road closure and huge traffic delays after crash

    Police closed both lanes of the busy M4 between Cardiff and Newport today after a crash near junction 28, outside Newport.  South Wales Fire and Rescue service said “a Great Western helicopter, an air ambulance team, a land critical emergency medical team, two fire appliances, a specialist rescue tender and fire officers attended, as well as an ambulance, a doctor and the Highways Agency”. The M4 was closed after the accident occurred at 2pm, and traffic was diverted before both lanes were reopened eight hours later.

  • 26th January – 20-year-old drink driver causes parked car carnage on busy Cardiff road

    A 20-year-old woman from St Mellons has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after ploughing her car into two parked cars on Newport Road in Roath at 10.30pm on Tuesday 25th January. When police attended the scene, an immediate breath-test revealed a result three times over the legal drink-driving limit. The collision left debris from two parked cars strewn across the road, and South Wales police are now appealing for witnesses: “A red Volkswagen Polo collided with two parked cars. A 20 year-old woman from St Mellons was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. Anyone who witnessed the collision, or the manner in which the vehicle was being driven prior to it, is asked to make contact with police. Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have dash cam, CCTV, or mobile phone footage which may assist the investigation.”

  • 24th January 2022 – Family mourn South Wales woman in fatal road accident

    The family of an 18-year-old have spoken of their grief after their daughter was named as the victim in a fatal road crash on 23rd January just outside Swansea on the A4067. The white Citroën C1 carrying the young lady left the road and no other car was involved, and police are appealing for witnesses to the accident which happened at 1.30am on Sunday 23rd. Another 18-year-old woman involved in the accident is still in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, although her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

  • 20th January – Two vehicle collision closes busy Cardiff road

    A busy road to the north of Cardiff was closed on Thursday after a motorcycle and a car collided. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital while investigations were underway on the A473 Bridgend Road near Llanharan. South Wales police commented: “The female motorcyclist is being taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes and allow extra time for their journey.” The accident occurred at 8.00am and the road was re-opened to traffic by 13.44.

  • 19th January – Oil spill causes long tailbacks on M4 leading out of Cardiff

    All lanes were closed on the M4 between junctions 32 and 33 after a road traffic collision caused oil to be spilled on the carriageway of Cardiff’s busiest motorway. Traffic was diverted after the incident at 6.15pm on Friday evening, while recovery vehicles and gritters attempted to clean up the scene. Fire & Rescue services were in attendance to help with the situation and roads were eventually re-opened within 90 minutes, while the recovery operation continued.

  • 14th January – Newport city centre accident causes traffic chaos in Cardiff area

    A two-vehicle collision in Newport City Centre caused traffic to build-up on all roads leading into and out of Newport on Friday afternoon. Police have confirmed a two-vehicle incident on John Frost Square near Friars Walk shopping centre just after 2pm. A spokesperson said the incident happened at 2.05pm and involved a Silver VW Golf and a Renault van. Ambulance services attended and all roads were blocked, with bus services temporarily suspended. The roads were fully re-opened and traffic on the busy route to and from Cardiff, began to ease before rush hour.

  • 11th January – Crash closes busiest motorway stretch in the Cardiff area

    A multiple-vehicle road traffic collision temporarily closed the M4 near Cardiff late on Monday evening causing widespread short-term diversions. The accident happened at 10.45pm on Monday evening (January 10) between junction 37 for Pyle/Porthcawl and junction 38 for Margam. The late night collision was cleared by the morning but still caused major traffic build-ups in the area, but thankfully this was cleared and the road re-opened by the time the early morning rush hour started.