Kinmel Bay man left with facial injuries during storm


Stephanie Price

A TEENAGER has been left with facial injuries after a sign hit him in the face.

Karl Keating of Kinmel Bay, who attended Emrys ap Iwan, was hit by the sign during last week’s high winds while he attempted to help a man clearing up debris that had been blown into the path of cars.

Karl, 19, and colleague Neil Edwards, who both work for TT Drainage, were driving near the bottom of Kinmel Bay bridge last Wednesday when they came across a man struggling to remove a sign that had be blown into the middle of the road.

Karl said: “I was getting out of the van to help move the sign and it hit me in the face.

“I was about ten feet away from it. The sign flew through the air but I didn’t see it coming and it knocked me to the ground. I got straight back up again but I had very bad facial pain for a long time afterwards.

“I’ve never felt anything like it. It hurt a lot and I went dizzy.”

Karl’s partner Isla Linton, 17, said: “As they stopped in the road to wait for the sign to be moved the wind became stronger and become hard for the gentleman to move the sign on his own.

“Karl then got out the van which he was a 15ft away and as he got out the van and shut the door the sign hit him in the face.”

The incident took place at around 6pm and Karl was rushed back to his workyard, where his colleague attempted to clean his wounds.

He was then met by his father who took him to Glan Clwyd Hospital where he received butterfly stitches to his face.

Karl had four days off before returning to work.

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