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'Gentle giant' killed in M4 crash

Daniel Bartle
Daniel Bartle was killed when his van overturned on the M4 motorway

Tributes have been paid to a van driver who died when his vehicle overturned on the M4 near Bridgend.

Daniel Bartle, 19, had lived all his life in the village of Nantymoel. Known as a "gentle giant", he worked in Pyle as a trainee electrician.

Mr Bartle's white van was the only vehicle involved in the crash, which happened between junction 36 and 37 at around 0720 BST on Wednesday.

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision.

His family described him as a loving son who was friendly to everyone.

His mother Donna said: "I will always miss his infectious smile and the way he laughed."

"He was a keen fisherman and loved nothing more than driving off-road as he was a jeep enthusiast and spent a lot of time in his many vehicles on local mountains."

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the overturned vehicle was a cherry-picker type van.

The crash closed the motorway for several hours on Wednesday.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact the Roads Policing Unit at Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff on 029 2022 2111




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