Family tribute to mother and daughter in A465 crash

Stephanie Curtis and her daughter Ffion Merrifield
Image caption Stephanie Curtis and her daughter Ffion Merrifield, six, died in the crash

Tributes have been paid to a mother and daughter who died in a collision on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road in south Wales.

Ffion Merrifield, six, and her mother Stephanie Curtis, 35, from Nantyglo, Blaenau Gwent, were in a collision on the eastbound carriageway on Thursday.

Ffion died after the crash and her mother died later in hospital in Cardiff.

The family said they will both be "dreadfully missed".

The mother and daughter's blue Peugeot was in collision with a silver Mercedes between Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent and Gilwern, Monmouthshire at about 1100 BST.

Two women in the second car, a Mercedes, suffered minor injuries and are still in hospital.

Gwent Police said the Mercedes was being driven by a 69-year-old from Gilwern.

In a statement issued via police, the family of the two victims said: "Stephanie was the loving partner of Darren and the mother of his two children of which Ffion was the eldest.

"Stephanie was the loving eldest daughter of Josie and Jeff with Ffion being the eldest grandchild.

They added: "Stephanie was a much loved, hard working mother, devoted to her children and both Stephanie and Ffion will be dreadfully missed by their family and friends.

"Ffion was adventurous and energetic, she absolutely loved animals. She was friendly, outgoing, bubbly and absolutely loved singing.

"They leave a devoted partner and father and also a loving daughter and sister.

"They will leave a big hole not just in the family but in the local community," the statement said.

The A465 was closed in both directions between Gilwern and Conoco roundabout at Brynmawr while emergency services were in attendance.

Gwent Police is investigating the collision and anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the force's collision investigation unit on 01633 642404 or by dialling 101.

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