ONE person was airlifted to hospital following a collision between a lorry and a minibus in Powys this morning.

The collision happened on the A489 between Newtown and Caersws just after 8am, with the road closed for several hours. It was reopened just after midday.

Despite fears that school or college pupils may have been involved, the local authority confirmed the crash did not involve a school minibus.

Various emergency services responded to the incident, with one patient airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by the Wales Air Ambulance.

“I can confirm that the Wales Air Ambulance attended an incident in the Newtown area this morning (Tuesday, 17 January),” said a spokesperson.

“Teams from Welshpool and Caernarfon bases attended by both road and air and arrived at the scene at 8.40am. Our involvement concluded at 11.02am.”

The air ambulance is believed to have taken them to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where they landed shortly before 10.30am.

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed the collision involved a lorry and a minibus. A spokesperson said: “Officers are at the scene of a collision involving a lorry and a minibus at around 8.15am on the A489 Caersws to Newtown.

“The road is likely to be closed for some time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”

The force later confirmed the road was back open shortly after 12pm.

Powys County Council then confirmed the incident did not include any school transport.

Concerns had been raised that the minibus may have been associated with school or college transport after it was reported that the accident was close to Newtown’s Coleg Powys campus.

“Our school transport team have confirmed that none of our school transport operators were involved in this morning’s collision,” said a council spokesperson.

Montgomery Fire Station confirmed its firefighters attended the collision in Caersws along with crews from Newtown and Llanidloes.

They also shared an image from the scene.