Llangollen Canal horse manager Henry Coates 'critical'

Henry Coates (photo courtesy Wrexham Leader)
Image caption Henry Coates is critically ill with head injuries after the collision

A pedestrian remains critically ill after a collision involving a car late at night on the A5 in Denbighshire.

The man, named locally as Henry Coates, 22, from Cynwyd, Denbighshire, suffered serious head injuries in the incident at Glyndyfrdwy.

Mr Coates is the horse manager for the firm running horse-drawn boat trips on the Llangollen Canal.

A woman, 18, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and dangerous driving, and has been released on bail.

Mr Coates was taken to the Walton Centre in Liverpool, where colleagues said he was "fighting for his life".

He was walking with another man, also aged 22, at about 0250 BST on Sunday when the incident happened between Llangollen and Corwen.

North Wales Police closed the road between 0300 BST and 1130 BST for investigations to take place.

'Good nature'

The second pedestrian, who has not been named, was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital with suspected fractures but was later released after being treated for minor injuries.

Steve Furniss, director of the family-owned Llangollen Wharf, said Mr Coates had looked after the four Welsh cobs at the site for the past five years.

He said: "Henry is a very well liked member of staff here. His work and good nature is key to what we stand for and what we do here.

"All our hearts go out to his family. We are all deeply upset. He is constantly in all our thoughts and wishes for him to come through this devastating accident."

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