Motorcyclist dies in A4 Portway crash as police appeal for witnesses

By Phil Norris

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a lorry on the A4 Portway in Bristol.

Emergency services had been called to the southbound side of the road near Sea Mills at around 5.45am on Thursday (October 7).

Police confirmed on Thursday lunchtime that the male motorcyclist suffered significant injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin has been informed. He has since been named as Tony Wring, 59, from Bedminster.

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The road which links Avonmouth and Bristol was shut from the A4162 at Sylvan Way, Sea Mills, to the A4176 Bridge Valley Road at Clifton Downs. It has since reopened.

Full police statement

"One person has died in a collision on the A4 Portway this morning (Thursday 7 October).

"The incident, involving a motorbike and a lorry, occurred near Sea Mills at approximately 5.45am.

"Police, ambulance and fire crews were all called to the scene.

"Sadly, the male motorcyclist sustained significant injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

"Collision investigators have attended to examine the scene. The road is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while vehicle recovery work is carried out."

Avon and Somerset Police would like to speak to any witnesses who haven't already spoken to officers. You can call 101 and give the reference number 5221233777.

Fire service statement

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Temple and Pill were called to reports of a road traffic collision on The Portway, Sea Mills at 5:53am

Firefighters provided heavy rescue equipment to support police and ambulance colleagues at the scene.

"Crews stood down and left the scene at approximately 9am. The road remains closed and other emergency services remain on the scene."

Ambulance service statement

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 5.52am about a serious incident on the A4 Portway in the area of Sea Mills reportedly involving a motorcyclist and a lorry.

"We sent various resources, including land ambulance crews and specialist paramedics, to respond to one patient."

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