One person was airlifted to hospital after a crash on a Powys trunk road that left the stretch closed for several hours.

The A470 was shut on Monday (November 20) after a Mercedes car hit a lamppost on the road between Builth Wells and Newbridge on Wye.

Temporary traffic lights have been installed today in the wake of the crash.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Police attended a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred at about 4pm on Monday, November 20.

“A black Mercedes collided with a lamp post on the A470 between Builth Wells and Newbridge.

“The road was closed and reopened at about 9pm.”


The crash left one person needing “critical care” and required an Air Ambulance to be rushed to the scene. The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed that the patient had to be airlifted to hospital for further treatment.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called on Monday (November20) at 4:09pm to reports of a road traffic collision in Builth Wells, Powys.

“We sent one emergency ambulance and one duty operational manager to the scene. Advanced critical care support was delivered by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service in a Wales Air Ambulance charity helicopter. One person was taken by air to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

The road has been disrupted since by the damage caused by the crash and has been reopened although the North an Mid Wales Trunk Road agency has said it will be “open with temporary traffic lights in place until further notice.”