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Did M4 lorry crash victim leave A&E?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

The post-crash scene on the M4.

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THE woman killed by a lorry as she walked on the M4 near Llangyfelach had recently left Morriston Hospital, it is understood.

Police are continuing to investigate the fatal collision in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The woman — who is yet to be formally identified — died after being struck by a lorry on the eastbound off-slip of the motorway at junction 46 at around 4am.

The Evening Post understands that the woman had been to Morriston's A&E unit shortly before incident, though how she came to be wandering alone on the slip road is unknown and police are now trying to piece together her final movements.

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Officers are urging anyone who saw a woman walking in the area in the minutes before the collision to come forward.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Police are investigating a serious road traffic collision which happened during the early hours of Thursday morning on the M4 eastbound slip road at Llangyfelach.

"The incident happened at around 4am when a white MAN lorry came into collision with a female pedestrian, resulting in her suffering fatal injuries.

"Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision — or anyone who saw the lorry or a pedestrian in the area of the Llangyfelach interchange prior to the collision — to come forward."

The M4 eastbound was closed between the Penllergaer and Llangyfelach junctions for around five hours while the emergency services dealt with the incident.

The circumstances of the woman's death are being investigated but one Post reader, Sarah Loosmoore-Cook, left a message on the paper's Facebook page saying she had seen a woman walking away from Morriston down the middle of the road at around 3.45am — and had had to swerve to avoid her.

Can you help? Call South Wales Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 1400298140

Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

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  • hacker_jack  |  August 17 2014, 6:54PM

    Nobody forces anyone to leave hospital at 4AM, I myself was discharged around 2:30AM after one visit and nobody batted an eyelid when I hang around the waiting room until the buses started running again.

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  • CitizenSpike  |  August 16 2014, 11:18PM

    Or maybe there's just a lot of people who are getting sick of those who like to assume that NHS staff re always at fault. Try a shift at A&E one night and then see if you're able to mouth off with such authority.

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  • mallam  |  August 16 2014, 9:44PM

    That might well be the case, but equally it may not be. I cannot understand how my comments have received so many red thumbs. Must be a lot of nurses online tonight?

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  • RosemaryBush  |  August 16 2014, 9:14PM

    Some people go to A&E and do not wait to be treated and walk out If someone does this there is not a lot the staff can do.

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  • mallam  |  August 16 2014, 6:45PM

    I can't understand how a lone female would be allowed out of hospital at 4 am if she didn't have transport. I know of many men who have been told to walk home and have done so, but to do that to a woman is reprehensible. ( If that sounds sexist it is). The police should be interviewing hospital staff as I'm sure the caring profession must have a duty of care?

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  • cartoonbaby  |  August 16 2014, 5:24PM

    I have quite often seen people coming from A&E in the pitch dark on the road from the hospital to Llangyfelach. Whatever the circumstances it is a tragic loss of life. Thoughts with the woman's family and the lorry driver.

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  • caazzzaaaa  |  August 16 2014, 4:19PM

    People are so judgmental these days before knowing the full facts at the end of the day someone has lost a loved one have some respect x thoughts are with the family x

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  August 16 2014, 2:57PM

    Let's all keep quiet until we know what happened shall we? There is obviously more to this tragedy than we are aware.

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  • Tink84  |  August 16 2014, 12:25PM

    Where does it say that the hospital released her and made her walk home? It is true that no one forced her to walk along the motorway. But maybe she had a mental illness that meant she was not thinking rationally. Or maybe she was suicidal. I don't know and neither do you but maybe a little compassion wouldn't go amiss. Whatever the reason a family are grieving..my thought go to the, and the lorry driver

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  • nice_nails  |  August 16 2014, 10:59AM

    Noone made her walk along the motorway

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