South East Wales

Family tribute to Kathryn Bartlett after A4059 crash

Kathryn Bartlett
Image caption Kathryn Bartlett 'was always smiling', her family said in a statement

Tributes have been paid to a female motorist who died in a head-on collision in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The family of Kathryn Bartlett, 44, from Aberdare, say her death has left a hole in their hearts.

Her red Vauxhall Astra was in a collision with a white Peugeot van near the A470 Abercynon roundabout on Friday morning.

A 43-year-old male passenger of the van is in a critical condition in hospital.

"Kathryn would help anyone and everyone, she was always smiling and there is a Kathryn shape hole in our hearts without her," said a family statement issued by South Wales Police.

The collision happened on Friday shortly after 06:40 GMT in the vicinity of the junction with the B4275, an area known as quarter mile junction.

The van, which was travelling from Abercynon roundabout towards Aberdare on the A4059 carriageway, was in collision with Ms Bartlett's Astra which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Three people were taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, including the 21-year-old van driver who sustained minor injuries.

The incident caused long queues on the B4257 in both directions between the A4059 New Road towards Mountain Ash and the A4069 on the other side of Abercynon, as police directed motorists around the closed section.

South Wales Police have asked anyone with information to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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