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Teens Killed In Wales Road Crash Had Been At Funeral

Image source, Maerdy Amateur Boxing Club

Image caption, Morgan Smith (centre) was a Welsh youth amateur boxing champion (pictured with Brett and Jac Parry from Maerdy Amateur Boxing Club)

By Catherine Evans & Miriam Barker

BBC News

The three teenagers who died in a crash involving a bus and an Audi A1 have been named.

Callum Griffiths, 19, from Porth, and Jesse Owen and Morgan Smith, both 18 and from Tonypandy, were killed after a collision at about 19:00 GMT on Monday.

The BBC has been told those in the car had all been at a funeral earlier.

Two of the teens died at the scene in Coedely, Rhondda Cynon Taf. Two other people, aged 18 and 19, are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Another two people were treated for minor injuries.

Morgan Smith’s father Daniel Chalfont said on Facebook: “My baby boy Morgan Smith. Literally the most perfect son you could ever wish for.

“Miss you so much already. Don’t know how I’ll live life without you. Literally broken.”

The terraced street where the crash happened, Elwyn Street, is a 20mph (32km/h) road and mourners have begun leaving floral tributes to the teenagers at the scene.

Media caption, On the scene of fatal Coedely crash

Rhys Edwards, who trains at Rhondda Amateur Boxing Club, said: “I was close friends with four out of the five [who were in the crash].

“Morgan trained at this gym, so did Jessie, they’ve been best friends with my little brothers for years and years now. I’ve seen them grow up. They were all crazy, all of them were lovely, lovely boys.

“Everyone’s just devastated. They hadn’t started their life yet. I know everyone’s truly heartbroken.”

Maerdy Boxing Club also paid tribute to Morgan, saying it had lost “one of our own”.

“Morgan was the nicest person you could ever wish to meet”, said the club, adding he was “a very talented boxer, becoming Welsh Champion, representing Wales in the British Championships”.

Image caption, The crash happened on Elwyn Street, Coedely, on Monday night

Welsh Boxing said: “Morgan became Welsh youth champion last year and represented Wales at the GB Three Nations tournament where he won a bronze medal.

“Our thoughts are with all the families and friends, everyone involved at Morgan’s boxing club Maerdy ABC and the members of the boxing community who knew him.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s deputy mayor Dan Owen-Jones said he was one of the first at the scene, after receiving a call from someone living on the street.

He said: “It’s a distressing time for all. At this time of year it’s even worse.

“I was there immediately, about two minutes past seven. I had a call from one of the neighbours, it happened outside their home. I was on the frontline trying to do the best with the traffic control.

“Later on there was lots and lots of family and friends. It was very distressing to see the family, but understandable – if it was one of my family I would have wanted to be there.”

Image caption, Mourners have begun leaving flowers at the scene of the fatal crash

In a Facebook post on a local community page, he said: “I have faced this evening tragedy and bereaved families at its worse, at times I was numb and helpless to the grieving families.

“I cannot even describe the pain, shock and suffering I have witnessed tonight… Horrific.”

Pontypridd Labour MP Alex Davies-Jones, who lives in the village where the crash happened, told BBC Radio Wales’ Drive the close-knit community was grieving for the dead and praying for those in hospital.

She added: “Everyone knows these families. These are boys who played rugby with my nephew, they were members of a local club. We knew them well.

“And it has affected all of us deeply. And it’s going take us a very long time to recover from this awful, awful accident.

“There has been an outpouring of love from the community, who just wants to wrap their arms around these families and loved ones who are sadly grieving.

“I’ve spoken to the family, I have spoken to friends. We are all trying to support them and offer them whatever they need.”

Image caption, Three teenagers have died and two others seriously injured following the crash on Elwyn Street in Coedely

Mr Smith’s former rugby club, Penygraig RFC, said: “To those who knew Morgan, and the other young men involved, we would like you all to know there is always someone you can talk to.”

Supt Esyr Jones, of South Wales Police, said the teenagers’ families were being supported.

He said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic incident.

“Trained family liaison officers are supporting the families at what must be an extremely difficult time for them.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford said on X, formerly Twitter: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of those involved in this tragic incident in Coedely, and diolch o galon to all first responders working at the scene.”

Supt Esyr Jones of South Wales Police said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic incident.

“Trained family liaison officers are supporting the families at what must be an extremely difficult time for them.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service said seven ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash.

“Four people were taken to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and a fifth person was taken to Royal Glamorgan Hospital for further treatment,” it added.