Former fire­fighter comes to res­cue of teens in M4 crash

Cynon Valley - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - ANNA LEWIS anna.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

A FORMER fire­fighter has de­scribed the mo­ment he rushed to help three teenagers hurt in a crash which closed the M4 mo­tor­way.

A 15-year-old girl is in hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous head and in­ter­nal in­juries after the crash be­tween junc­tions 34 and 35 on Sun­day.

The car’s 18-year-old male driver and a 16-yearold girl have less se­ri­ous in­juries.

Ian Mor­gan, 36, who was a fire­fighter in Gil­fach Goch, had been trav­el­ling to the beach on Sun­day af­ter­noon when he saw the crash.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses after the white Toy­ota IQ2 left the car­riage­way, crashed into trees and over­turned.

Mr Mor­gan said: “I was trav­el­ling about a mile be­hind the ac­ci­dent and no­ticed the traf­fic had slowed down.

“I was with my part­ner and friend go­ing to the beach.

“There was a young girl al­ready out on the hard shoul­der so I pulled over. I ran over and could see a girl was on the floor. I made my way up the bank­ing where the car was in situ.”

After pris­ing open the door of the car, Mr Mor­gan was able to re­move an 18-year-old boy from the driver’s seat.

He said: “There was a young boy in it at the time. I asked him where it hurt.

“He said there was a pain in his leg and I made the call to drag him out so I could gain ac­cess to the in­side of the car.

“I made my way into the ve­hi­cle and the girl was slumped over, so I checked her neck.

“When she came around, she was fran­tic – she didn’t know where she was, she was in a com­plete state of shock. She was fright­ened for her head. As the car was over­turned, she was on the roof.”

Mr Mor­gan, who now works as a ma­te­rial han­dler for Ford en­gines, said he felt he had to re­move the girl from the car.

He said: “At this point she was get­ting very fran­tic and she wanted to get out of the car.

“I man­aged to calm her down and let her know I was from the fire ser­vice but she needed to get out of the car.

“It wasn’t very sta­ble and the fire ser­vice hadn’t turned up, so I called over the po­lice of­fi­cers. They each held her legs and I was able to get her out as they did that.”

Mr Mor­gan said: “The en­gine was still run­ning, the key was still in. One of the passers-by climbed over my legs to turn it off.

“It was a shock, I was a bit emo­tional af­ter­wards as I’ve been away from the fire ser­vice for two years now. It was go­ing through my head.

“You just switch into au­topi­lot, I went back into work mode. The first port of call was to en­sure she was breath­ing.”

Any wit­nesses are asked to call po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref 1800121555.

Po­lice would like to thank mo­torists and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity for their pa­tience due to the M4 be­ing closed for three hours, while in­ves­ti­ga­tion work was car­ried out.

Ian Mor­gan, pic­tured with part­ner Karen, helped two teenagers es­cape from a car after an ac­ci­dent on the M4 on Sun­day

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