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‘Beloved son' died after crash near Newport which closed road for 15 hours

By Jonathon Hill

A “beloved son and brother” has died following a crash near Newport which closed a main route for 15 hours. Sean Buffin died after the collision on the A449 between Usk and Newport from 5.15am on Thursday, May 5.

Mr Buffin, 49, had been driving his Vauxhall Astra from his home in Ebbw Vale when he was involved in the serious collision. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward by paramedics.

Gwent Police officers also attended the scene along with South Wales Fire and Rescue and investigations are ongoing into the incident which closed the road from Raglan to Coldra.

READ MORE: Body of missing man found in village

Traffic at a standstill on the A449 hours after the incident which killed Sean Buffin (WalesOnline reporter)

A statement from Mr Buffin’s family reads: “We've been so shocked and deeply saddened by the death of our beloved son and brother Sean. He was our big friendly giant, who always had time for everyone.

“He leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him and will be missed more than we can say. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the emergency service personnel that attended the scene and tried to help Sean on that morning.”

Officers' investigations into the incident remain ongoing (WalesOnline reporter)

Officers are asking people to assist with their investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any motorists with dashcam footage that were using the A449 between 5.15am and 5.45am and between Usk and Newport are asking to contact the force by calling 101 or messaging on social media, using log reference 2200148254. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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