Drivers in the Dafen area are advised to avoid the B4303 this Bank Holiday after a 63 year-old man was injured in the early hours of the morning when his car was swallowed by a hole in Dafen Road. The road has been blocked from both directions while engineers from the Coal Authority make assessments.
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A Coal Authority engineer said: "It is likely that repeated impacts over a critical point in the road by drivers coming down hard off the speed bump [at the zebra crossing], has caused a weakness to develop over a hitherto unknown subsurface branch of the Bryngwyn Pit. Unfortunately for this gentleman, this car was the straw that broke the camel's back."
A team from Swansea Metropolitan University will be working closely with the Coal Authority in the coming days to examine other roads in the area using GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar). Senior Lecturer Avril Sot said, "until the GPR study is completed there is no cause for alarm, but it is advisable that extra caution is taken when going over speed bumps in the area, and also where cars come down from kerbs after parking on pavements."
Because of the importance of the route for hospital services, it is expected that the road will be filled and resurfaced by as early as noon today. A spokesperson for the County Council said "We are pulling out all the stops to get this road fully repaired today so that Llanelli A&E patients are able to travel the quickest route to Glangwili after being redirected from Prince Philip Hospital."
In the meantime, locals are being urged to help the effort by bringing wheel barrows of soil down to the site to speed the process up. "While the weather is nice, if every household in the area could bring one barrow of soil from their gardens, the route could be restored by eleven," she said.
Drivers who are concerned about the safety of roads in the area are advised to avoid non-essential travel until the end of APRIL FOOLS' day ;-).
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