Remembering a Life: Tribute to 32-Year-Old Man Killed in Tragic Bridge Collision with Bus

The family of a car driver who tragically lost his life in a collision with a 52-seater bus has paid tribute to him.

Mathew Chapman, 32, passed away following the collision involving his vehicle and the coach near the Cleddau Bridge, Pembroke Dock, on Tuesday.

The bus driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and is currently under treatment, with reports indicating an improved, stable condition.

Mr. Chapman’s family has shared a picture of him through Dyfed Powys Police and expressed their tribute:

“Matt is a much-loved Son, Brother, Fiancé, Grandson, and friend to many.

Family pay tribute to 'much-loved' man, 32, killed in car crash with 52-seater bus on a bridge

He was loved by all who met and knew him.

We are all shocked and devastated and would ask for privacy at this time to try and come to terms with what has happened.”

The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon near the bridge, which spans the A477 over the River Cleddau, connecting Neyland and Pembroke Dock.

Firefighting crews worked diligently to rescue both men from the wreckage.

NHS Wales advised the public to refrain from visiting local A&E unless they had life-threatening or severe injuries, ensuring medical professionals could focus on those involved in the crash.

Numerous emergency services, including firefighters from Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Tenby, and Narberth, as well as the air ambulance and Dyfed-Powys Police, responded to the scene.

Dyfed-Powys Police announced the closure of the A477 between Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest at the Cleddau Bridge on Tuesday.

Many bus passengers suffered various injuries, as confirmed by the Mid and West Wales Fire Service, while the Welsh Ambulance Service reported that ten individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service explained their response: “We sent five emergency ambulances, one duty operations manager, one Cymru High Acuity Response Unit, and non-emergency patient transport service vehicles to the scene. We were supported by colleagues from the Wales Air Ambulance. We transferred one patient to the University Hospital of Wales and a further nine patients to Withybush Hospital for further treatment.”

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