Driver airlifted to hospital after car plummets down steep ravine

A driver had to be airlifted to hospital yesterday after their car plumeted down a steep revine.

The car, a white Volkswaken Scirocco was travelling along the Rhigos mountain road from Hirwaun towards Treherbert with then incident happend at approximately 7:05pm on Thursday.

The incident resulted in a multi agency response including the Welsh Ambulance Service, South Wales Police and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Support was also provided by the South and East Wales Air Support Unit, Wales Air Ambulance and a Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter from Chivenor, Devon however the later was stood down once arrived on scene.

A spokesperson for the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Appliances from Treorchy and Hirwaun attended a Road Traffic Collision on the Rhigos mountain road and supported by specialist crews from Ebbw Vale, Merthyr, Aberdare and Barry.”

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “The vehicle has left the road and plummeted down a steep ravine to the right hand side before coming to rest.

“The driver of the vehicle was extricated from the vehicle by the South Wales Fire and Recuse Service before being airlifted by Air Ambulance and taken to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.”

The road was closed for around four hours to allow the police to conduct initial investigations. It was also closed this morning to allow specialist recovery of the car to take place.

The Police would like to speak to any person who witnessed the incident, or any person who was in the area at the relevant time and may have seen the vehicle in question.

The spokesman added: “Police would also like to speak to any person who may have seen the vehicle between 3pm and the time of the collision either being driven or stationary.”

Anyone with information, should call the South Wales Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Gwaelod y Garth on 016565 655555 ext 42339, or contact 101.

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