Cardiff crash survivor learns his 3 pals have died and issues 3-line statement

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    A survivor of a horror car crash in Cardiff has spoken of his anguish after learning of the fatal accident that claimed the lives of three of his friends.

    Shane Loughlin, 32, released a statement from his hospital bed yesterday saying he was "gutted" and "can't believe" what has happened.

    Only Shane and 20-year-old Sophie Russon survived the crash, however, they were seriously injured and remain in hospital, according to the latest police statement on Friday (March 10).

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    Eve Smith, 21, Rafel Jeanne, 24, and Darcy Ross, 21, all died after being involved in the crash on the A48 in the St Mellons area shortly after 2am on March 4.

    The group had been enjoying a night out at The Muffler bar in Maesglas, Newport, on March 3, before the tragedy occurred.

    Posted through a friend's Facebook account on Friday (March 10) survivor Shane said: "Only just found out what happened just want to say sorry to everyone and thank you everyone who helped with the search party and thank you for everyone wishing me well I’ll be back soon love you all.

    "Rip Rafel, Eve, and Darcy. Can’t believe it gutted is an understatement heart goes out to all families and friends of the people that has passed.

    "Long way to recovery mentally and physically but we’ll get there."

    Despite an extensive police search the white Volkswagen Tiguan that the group were travelling in was not found until just after midnight on Monday (March 6) – two days after the crash.

    Shane and Sophie remained undiscovered in the white VW Tiguan for this period.

    It is believed that the car left the carriageway on the A48 and ended up in a woodland area.

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    South Wales Police said post-mortem examinations are ongoing and the families of the three people who died continue to be supported by specialist family liaison officers.

    Detectives are now urging anyone who was travelling east along the A48 Eastern Avenue between Cardiff and the St Mellons off-slip at the time to come forward and help with their investigation.

    Assistant Chief Constable Jason Davies said: "The investigation is making good progress in piecing together the events leading up to the collision.

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    "Specialist officers will continue to carry out a detailed investigation which will enable us to provide the facts of what happened during the early hours of Saturday morning.

    “Our thoughts continue to be with the families and all those affected by this tragic incident.

    "Family liaison officers are supporting the families involved at what must be a hugely difficult time for them.”

    Officers used CCTV and number plate recognition to work out the time of the collision, they also stated there is no suggestion that another vehicle was involved.


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