Police appeal for witnesses at Rhoose Primary School crash

Barry And District News: PRESS CONFERENCE: South Wales Police Superintendent Joe Ruddy and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Chris Elmore at the press conference. PRESS CONFERENCE: South Wales Police Superintendent Joe Ruddy and Vale of Glamorgan Councillor Chris Elmore at the press conference.

Police are appealing for witnesses after yesterday's crash outside Rhoose Primary School that left a nine-year-old girl in intensive care.

The road traffic collision occurred at Fontgary Road, Rhoose, at around 8.50am on Thursday (June 20).

Officers are appealing for witnesses to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

A dark blue Audi convertible car overturned outside Rhoose Primary School injuring four adults, three women and one man, and five children, four girls and one boy, who were taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

A nine-year-old girl remains in a serious condition in the paediatric intensive care at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

The 61-year-old male driver of the vehicle, who is one of the nine casualties, is assisting police with enquiries.

At this stage the collision is not believed to be a deliberate act.

Chief Superintendent Joe Ruddy, Divisional Commander for Central BCU which covers The Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend, said: “The school is at the heart of the community and such an unusual and distressing incident will always have an impact on all those living locally.

“Thankfully there were no fatalities and some of those injured have been discharged from hospital having received treatment.

“Our thoughts remain with those who remain in hospital and their families during this difficult time.

“We have a team of very skilled investigators who are now carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what caused this collision to take place.

“I would like to thank those who assisted at the scene with first aid and those who have taken the time to contact us to provide witnesses statements.”

Graeme Smith, Group Manager (Operations) South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Following a road traffic collision at Fontgary Road, Rhoose, at around 8.50am yesterday, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent four Fire Engines and crews from Barry and Ely Fire Station to the incident and treated casualties on scene with their Ambulances colleagues.

“South Wales Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer their best wishes to all those injured in the incident, and those traumatised from witnessing the tragic events at the scene. We wish them all a speedy recovery.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of the driving of the vehicle before the collision is asked to contact the South Wales Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

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