Llangollen bridge plunge student ‘serious but doing well’

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

A YOUNG woman who suffered a fractured skull when she plunged from a bridge at the weekend is continuing to recover in hospital.

And her mother has warmly welcomed a temporary safety fence which has been put up at the spot in Llangollen where she fell 30ft from the unguarded parapet.

Student Liz Wilson, whose family live in Garth, Llangollen, had been out in the town celebrating her 21st birthday.

She and a male friend plummeted from the Pont Felin Hen bridge in Queen Street, which spans a small stream flowing into the River Dee, at about 12.30am on Sunday.

Miss Wilson, who is studying animal care at Bromley College in Kent, was found injured lying in shallow water beneath the bridge.

After being lifted to safety by emergency services she was taken first to Wrexham Maelor Hospital before being transferred for specialist care at the Walton Centre for Neuroology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool.

The young man who fell from the bridge, named locally as Dewi Hughes, 21, of Llangollen, received treatment for a fractured arm at Wrexham Maelor.

Yesterday Miss Wilson’s mother, Erica, said her daughter had now been moved from the intensive care unit at Walton to the hospital’s high-dependency unit.

She told the Leader: “She is suffering from a fractured skull, which is a very serious injury, but she is still doing well.

“She is able to speak to us although she is still a bit muddled.

“We still have no idea how she came to fall from the bridge.

“It is all a bit of a mystery as there were no witnesses.”

On Tuesday workmen erected what appears to be temporary fences along the bridge parapet on both sides of Queen Street.

Mrs Wilson said: “I think this is fantastic news.

“Putting up the fence is a good thing and will hopefully prevent anyone else being injured there.”

A Welsh Assembly Government spokesman said: “Temporary safety measures have been placed along the parapets of Pont Felin Hen at the request of North
Wales Police to prevent members of the public viewing the scene and leaning over the parapet.”

North Wales Police say they are not treating the incident as suspicious but are asking any witnesses to call the force control room on 101, if you are calling from Wales, 0845 607 1001 (Welsh line) or 0845 607 1002 (English line) quoting incident reference L085020.

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