Emergency services attended the horror incident on Llantrisant Road near the Windsor Hotel in Pontyclun, a village in south Wales. Pictures show multiple ambulances at the scene on Thursday evening. One of the injured suffered “life-changing injuries”. South Wales Police said in a statement that a 79 year-old local man is believed to have had “a medical episode” while driving his Ford Puma.
Six people have been taken to the University Hospital of Wales.
The police force said in a statement: “A number of pedestrians were injured. One of the pedestrians has suffered life-changing injuries and the driver of the car is in a critical condition.
“The other four have also been taken to hospital as a precaution, suffering from what are described as minor injuries.”
Police urged people to avoid the area and a number of road closures are in place.
South Wales Police said: “Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on Llantrisant Road in Pontyclun near the Windsor pub.
“A vehicle has collided with a number of pedestrians. The public is advised to avoid the area while the matter is being dealt with.”
A witness who was inside the pub described the incident as “horrific”.
They told Wales Online: “The pub had four or five tables outside the front and was busy with people having drinks in the nice weather.
“I walked through to the back beer garden to wait while someone ordered drinks and there was a massive crash. It sounded like somebody had dropped a load of beer glasses.
“I walked into the pub and someone was on the phone to 999 and I could heard them saying they needed more than one ambulance.
“I went outside to see what was going on and it was just littered with people – there were several, maybe five, who looked badly injured. And many more who were sitting up with cuts.
“The pub came alive and people were running around trying to help, looking for towels and pillows. It was carnage. I’ve only seen stuff like that on the news. I thought it just can’t be happening.
“You couldn’t tell what car it was from the damage. It felt like it took ages for the emergency services to arrive. An air ambulance arrived first then a fire engine.”
Another witness added: “There’s an air ambulance on the rugby field that has landed.
“There’s a few unmarked police cars, about three or four ambulances and two fire engines. I saw one person going in [an ambulance] from where I was standing.”
The owner of the pub took to Facebook to share an update.
They said: “Hiya all. I have had a few messages in regards to the situation tonight. Everyone has been taken to hospital and the emergency services are on the case. Thank you all for your help. Thanks to all bystanders who helped and all the emergency services.”
A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said the trust was alerted to the incident at 8.25pm.
An initial headline said the vehicle was a lorry based on a police statement on Twitter, we have now updated it to reflect the correct statement.
The scene remains cordoned up and the stretch of the A4222 in front of the Windsor pub remains closed.
Images of the scene show a damaged car with the airbags deployed.
Additional reporting by Katie Harris.