A woman pedestrian has died following a fatal collision with a car outside the I’m a Celebrity castle.
Ambulance crews rushed to the scene near Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales, at around 5pm on Saturday where the woman was pronounced dead following a collision with a blue Volvo estate car.
The incident took place and on a dark stretch of road with a 60mph limit near Middle Gate, on Abergele road, near where sightseers had reportedly been gathering.
The A547 was closed for more than 15 hours following the tragedy, a police investigation is ongoing.
A woman pedestrian has died following a fatal collision with a car outside the I’m a Celebrity castle in Abergele, North Wales
One local man said : ‘Barriers have been put up on pavements further down the road because of the expected influx of sightseers although they get a better view of the lit-up Gwrych castle from Pensarn beach where it’s also safer.
‘Where this happened is a dark section of road and there have been some nasty accidents before.’
He added : ‘There were some I’m a Celebrity fans outside the castle on Saturday night.
North Wales Police tweeted that the A547 at Abergele was closed due to a collision on Saturday evening
Gwyrch Castle where the ITV reality TV show ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ is being filmed in Abergele, Wales
‘But whether the show had anything to do with what happened, I don’t know. There is a private entrance into the castle grounds nearby.’
On social media there were claims that some fans were climbing walls to try to get snaps.
North Wales police said : ‘We are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A547 Abergele Road near Llanddulas in which a woman has sadly died.
‘We received a report at 5.06pm on Saturday of a collision involving a female pedestrian and a blue Volvo estate car at a location known as Middle Gate.
‘A woman from the local area was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Volvo was left shocked, but uninjured by the collision.’
Sergeant Emlyn Hughes of the Roads Policing Unit said : ‘I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this tragic incident, or who may have dashcam footage, to contact the Roads Policing Unit.
I’m A Celebrity at Gwrych Castle in Abergele North Wales. The area has seen footpath closures and a 20 mph speed limit introduced near to the entrance to the TV production site
It happened on a dark stretch of road with a 60mph limit. Ambulances rushed to the scene where the woman was shortly pronounced dead
‘The road remains closed and will be for some time as we conduct our investigations.’
Anyone with information should call 101 with the reference Y171230. The coroner has been informed.
More than 40 security guards are protecting the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmates at Gwrych Castle – the show’s new home after relocating from Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic – with some roads nearby closed.
Wardens in high-vis jackets have been seen at the entrances which have been sealed with wire fences as guards with night-vision goggles patrol inside the forest surrounding the camp.
Paths leading into the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked including those near Emily’s Tower which is above the Grade I listed 19th century castle.
Pavements in front of the main entrance have been blocked off to stop people congregating and a camp site and Manorfan Farm Park next to the castle have also been closed.
The ten celebrities taking part include Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah, 37, funnyman Shane Ritchie, 56, and Corrie legend Bev Callard, 63.