The family of a nurse who drowned after her car crashed into a river following a night shift have called for safety barriers on the road where she died.
Laurie Jones, 23, from Pontllanfraith was last seen leaving the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff after finishing a shift at around 1.40am on Tuesday, October 1, last year.
An inquest into her death recorded a narrative verdict with her death caused by a head injury and drowning.
Assistant Coroner for Gwent David Regan said Miss Jones’ death was not her fault and that a combination of factors contributed to it, such as poor driving conditions, the bend in the road and that it was dark.
The inquest also heard from a patient that was treated by Miss Jones at the hospital ealrier that night who said she seemed “exhausted”.
Speaking after the inquest, which was held in Newport on Tuesday, March 17, Miss Jones mother called for safety barriers along the road.
Jo Jones said she had done research on the stretch of road and that safety was an issue.
She said: “The lighting is an issue and the barrier might have helped – it’s so dangerous.”
A spokesman for Caerphilly County Borough Borough Council, which has responsibility for the road, said: “This was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family at this time.
“We continuously review the accident statistics on our highway network and take appropriate measures to reduce the likelihood of accidents wherever possible.”