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A lorry has ploughed into pedestrians outside a pub sparking a major emergency response.

An air ambulance, at least five ambulances and police have been called to the scene on Thursday night.

South Wales Police said: "Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on Llantrisant Road in Pontyclun near the Windsor pub.

"A lorry has been in collision with a number of pedestrians.

"The public is advised to avoid the area while the matter is being dealt with."

A pub customer told WalesOnline: "It was horrific. The pub had four or five tables outside the front and was busy with people having drinks in the nice weather.

"I walked through to the back beer garden to wait while someone ordered drinks and there was a massive crash. It sounded like somebody had dropped a load of beer glasses.

"I walked into the pub and someone was on the phone to 999 and I could heard them saying they needed more than one ambulance. I went outside to see what was going on and it was just littered with people – there were several, maybe five, who looked badly injured. And many more who were sitting up with cuts.

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"The pub came alive and people were running around trying to help, looking for towels and pillows. It was carnage. I’ve only seen stuff like that on the news. I thought it just can’t be happening.

"You couldn’t tell what car it was from the damage. It felt like it took ages for the emergency services to arrive. An air ambulance arrived first then a fire engine."

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The owner of The Windsor Hotel said on social media: "Hiya all. I have had a few messages in regards to the situation tonight. Everyone has been taken to hospital and the emergency services are on the case.

"Thank you all for your help. Thanks to all by standers who helped and all the emergency services."

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A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service the trust were called at 8.25pm to the incident near The Windsor in Pontyclun.

There is a heli-med at the scene along with a hazard response team, rapid response vehicles and "five conveying vehicles"

  • Police
  • Pubs
  • Ambulances

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