A car was on the way “Up to three times the speed limit” when it crashed into a tent “with a baby in it” and injured nine campers, it said tonight.
Six people were hospitalized and three others were injured when a blue Ford Fiesta “overturned and rolled onto a campsite in Pembrokeshire, West Wales” around 10.40pm on Saturday.
Holidaymakers had gathered outside to socialize when horrified staff heard “screams” at the Newgale campsite, which borders the A487.
Mike Harris, who runs the campground with his wife Clare, told Sky News the Ford was driving at 80 or 90 mph in a 30 mph zone. He claimed the vehicle was “ejected off the road because of the speed at which the driver was driving.”
The car, which was carrying a number of passengers, is believed to be traveling from the village of Roch towards St Davids – known as Britain's smallest town – when it “came off the road, took three full turns and was on its wheels.” landed”. before rolling into “a tent of a family”.
A car that went off the road and crashed into a tent “with a baby in it,” injuring nine campers, was traveling at “at least three times the speed limit” when it lost control, the image shows
Mike Harris (pictured), who runs the campground with his wife Clare, told Sky News the Ford was driving at 80 or 90 mph in a 30 mph zone. He claimed the vehicle was “ejected off the road because of the speed at which the driver was driving.”
Investigators were photographed at the scene of the accident at Newgale campsite in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Rescue workers were called to the scene of the accident around 10:40 p.m. on Saturday
Holidaymakers had gathered outside for a social gathering when horrified staff heard “screams” at the Newgale campsite, which borders the A487 in Pembrokeshire, West Wales
After the collision of the car with the camper on Saturday, two people were in serious condition, among the injured were passengers in the car.
One person was flown to a hospital in Cardiff while four others were taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen and another person was taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
Witnesses heard tires squeal followed by a loud bang as the driver “had to brake and lost control.”
Mr Harris, who believes the car was going about three times the speed limit, said Sky news: “I didn't think a car could drive so fast on the road.”
“Due to the speed at which he was driving, he catapulted himself off the road, over the ditch separating the campsite and the main road, and landed about 100m from where the driver started to brake.
“It made three full turns and landed on its wheels.” It rolled through a family's tent. The baby was in a cot.
“The vehicle then rolled and landed on three people.”
“The campers managed to lift the vehicle 90 degrees to tip it forward and lay it on its side.” They freed the three people.'
Mr Harris said he believed the baby was “saved just by being in a cot”.
“Miraculously, there were no fatalities,” he added. “There are no such thing as life-threatening injuries, but life-altering injuries of varying degrees.”
His wife added: “The car was hurtling down the hill, realizing it had to slow down and trying to brake.” It flipped and rolled several times, crashing into the tent.
“There was a small child, a baby, in the tent at the time, luckily they are fine.” “It's a tragic accident which the police are dealing with, that's all we can say at the moment.”
During a multi-agency emergency operation, emergency services from the police, fire brigade, ambulance and coast guard were on site. Pictured: A HM Coastguard helicopter which arrived last night
The A487 road between Roch and St Davids on the west coast of Wales was closed overnight while the investigation was carried out. The lockdown was lifted on Sunday morning and the campsite is open as usual
Many campers later packed their things and set off, leaving part of the field where the car was parked empty.
Nicky Lewis described hearing “a concussive tire squeal followed by a deafening bang.”
Among the first to arrive was Laura Kennard, who said it was “terrible to witness the drama.”
A friend “helped turn the car over to free trapped people and I got the baby out of his crib in the flattened dome tent,” she wrote on social media.
“I don't think I'll ever get that out of my head,” she wrote, adding that that's why she cut short her stay.
Levi Davies, 24, of Gwent, was staying at the campsite at the time of the accident and described hearing “a lot of shouting”.
“We heard the tires squeal as they rounded the corner and then a loud bang as the car went over the embankment and into the campsite,” he told Sky.
‘In a blind panic we ran out.' There were two campers, one was really bad, he was really bad.'
The red flashing lights of a rescue helicopter hovering over Newgale Campsite on Saturday. Six people were taken to hospital – including one injured who was flown to Cardiff – and two people were seriously injured
Campground manager Mike Harris said of the incident: “There are no fatalities and as far as I know none of the injuries are life threatening but I would say some are certainly life changing.”
Two surgeons and a firefighter who happened to be camping at the campsite in the surfing village of Newgale are said to have provided first aid.
In the meantime, a massive emergency response was launched, with six ambulances and a Coast Guard helicopter flown to the scene.
Six people were taken to the hospital, two with serious injuries. Three other people were injured but did not require hospital treatment.
Dyfed-Powys Police said passengers in the car were among the injured.
Police said: “The blue Ford Fiesta, which contained several occupants, apparently went off the road while driving from Roch to St Davids.”
“It crashed into the campsite, collided with several people and a tent and injured nine people, including those in the car.”
“The injuries suffered by two of them are described as serious. You stay in the hospital.'
They appealed to witnesses to provide reports and dashcam footage to reconstruct the incident.
Newgale campsite is on the A487 in Pembrokeshire, Wales
The spokesperson added: “We are particularly interested in any dashcam or doorbell footage that may have been filming the vehicle en route from Roch to the scene of the accident in Newgale.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting the reference number DP-20230812-402. Tips can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers.
The road was closed for nine hours while the investigation was ongoing.
Images shared on social media show a large emergency presence at the campsite last night. The red lights of a rescue helicopter could be seen over the area while several emergency vehicles were parked.
HM Coastguard said their helicopter was dispatched from St Athan, near Barry in South Wales.