A MOTORCYCLIST suffered “life-altering” injuries following an accident near Builth Wells over the weekend.

The male rider was airlifted to hospital following the accident, which occurred shortly before 4pm on Sunday, January 9, on the A470 at Erwood, between Builth and Llyswen.

Police said the road traffic collision involved the rider – who was travelling on a motorcycle with a sidecar – and a Land Rover Defender.

“The accident occurred on the A470 at Erwood shortly before 3.55pm,” said Dyfed Powys Police Chief Inspector Jacqui Lovatt.

“It involved a motorcycle with a sidecar colliding with a Land Rover Defender. The motorcyclist was airlifted to Cardiff and has unfortunately received life-changing injuries. He is very lucky to be here.

“An accident investigation has commenced.”

Traffic Wales said the road was closed in both directions following the collision. Motorists had been told to avoid the A470 between Builth and Llyswen, with the accident said to have occurred just outside Erwood, near a spot known as Alltmawr. The road reopened at around 4am this morning (Monday, January 10).