M4 crash: Second child dies after Newport collisionon February 12, 2022 at 1:34 pm

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The three-year-old boy had been in hospital following the crash which claimed the life of a girl.

Gracie-Ann Wheaton

Image source, Family Photo

A three-year-old boy has died after a crash on the M4 that killed another child, his family have said.

The boy had been in hospital following the crash last Saturday involving a car and a van on the motorway near Newport.

Four-year-old Gracie-Ann Wheaton died following the collision and a woman and man were also injured.

A 41-year-old man from Neath Port Talbot was charged with causing death by dangerous driving following her death.

A family member of the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “The minute he walked in the room, he would light up the room.

“That is what is so sad. He was a loving, beautiful boy.

“He touched everybody’s heart. It’s heartbreaking.”

The family member added: “The mother is still in hospital – we wouldn’t wish this on anyone, we are stunned.

‘Not a dry eye in the valleys’

“It’s a sad time and it’s affected everybody. There’s not a dry eye in the valleys.

“The amount of people getting in touch has been incredible, amazing support. It’s amazed us all.”

The crash, between junctions 28 and 29, prompted a huge emergency services response and the route remained closed for about seven hours.

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