THE A470 was closed near Builth Wells for a short time this morning after a motorist collided with a tree and a street light.

The car involved was a silver Vauxhall Astra, with the driver taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries. The incident happened at around 7.30am. Police said the road was re-opened at around 9.50am.

Traffic Wales said the road, a major route through Powys, was closed due to a fallen tree. However, witnesses described seeing a car on its roof in the carriageway just outside the entrance to the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd. The Astra vehicle ended up on its roof and appeared to have suffered extensive front end damage.

Traffic Wales said the A470 is closed between Builth and Newbridge-on-Wye. Dyfed Powys Police officers arrived on the scene and had been diverting traffic away from the roundabout at the bottom of the showground travelling north.


“Police attended a road traffic collision which occurred at about 7.30am this morning, Friday, November 3," said Dyfed Powys Police in a statement.

"A silver Vauxhall Astra collided with a street light and a tree, causing both to fall. The driver was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.

"The road was closed and reopened at 9.50am."

Traffic Wales tweeted: “Road closed due to a fallen tree travelling on the A470 between Builth Wells and Newbridge-on-Wye.

Please find an alternative route if you're travelling in the areas. Next update once cleared.”