INVESTIGATION works continued throughout most of Friday following an early-morning crash which left a motorbike rider with suspected “life-changing” injuries.

Emergency services were called to the A474 near Pontardawe at around 6.30am on Friday, October 13 following reports of a crash.

South Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service attended, and a 35-year-old motorbike rider was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

A police spokesperson said his injuries were described as “life-changing”.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, the police said.

A section of the A474 between Rhyd-Y-Fro and Cwmgors was closed throughout the day as officers continued to investigate the crash.

A South Wales Police spokesperson said: "South Wales Police were called at 6.30am this morning to a single vehicle road traffic collision involving a motorcyclist on the A474 Pontardawe.

"A 35-year-old motorcyclist has been taken to University Hospital of Wales where his injuries have been described as life-changing."

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called today, at approximately 6.30am, to reports of a road traffic collision on the A474 between Rhyd-Y-Fro and Cwmgors.

“We sent one Cymru high acuity response unit and one emergency ambulance to the scene where we were assisted by colleagues from the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service who travelled by car.

“We conveyed one patient to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for further treatment."