Pub is investigated after tragic death of mother, 69, who fell 12 feet into the cellar while putting up bunting and balloons for her daughter’s surprise 50th birthday party
- Olwen Collier suffered severe head injuries when she fell 12ft to concrete floor
- The grandmother was airlifted 60 miles to the University of Wales Hospital
A pub is being investigated over the tragic death of a mother after she fell 12ft into a cellar before her daughter’s surprise 50th birthday party.
Mother-of-two Olwen Collier, 69, tumbled to her death at the Stag and Pheasant in the village of Carmel, Carmarthenshire while she tried to make her daughter’s birthday ‘extra special’.
The cafe owner went to the pub early to help decorate the function room for the milestone celebration for her daughter Allison.
It is believed Olwen opened the cellar door by accident and suffered severe head injuries when she fell down the steps in darkness onto the concrete floor below in the 110-year-old traditional pub.
The great-grandmother died after was airlifted 60 miles to the University of Wales Hospital.
Olwen Collier, 69, pictured above, tumbled to her death at the Stag and Pheasant in the village of Carmel, Carmarthenshire while she tried to make her daughter’s 50th birthday ‘extra special’
The grandmother suffered severe head injuries after she fell 12ft into a dark cellar
Daughter Allison Raymond said: ‘My mum went to the pub looking to set it up for my 50th birthday surprise when an accident happened.
‘She went into the bar and told the landlord she was there to decorate the room.
‘Mammy was unfamiliar with the pub and pushed on an outer door which was open and fell down into the cellar, which had hard concrete at the bottom.
‘I had a phone call from my son to say my mother had fallen. I thought she had just broken her leg or something like that, but when I arrived I could see the severity of it.
‘She was put in an induced coma outside the pub. We were told that the next 72 hours would be critical but we knew by the Saturday that there was not much hope.
‘I can’t comprehend what’s happened. I can’t accept the fact she is not going to come home. Mammy was such an outgoing person.’
‘She was fit and healthy and she would do lots of charity work. I just can’t get my head around it. It’s horrendous. We’re still in disbelief. I feel quite sick that she died in that way.’
Olwen, who lived in nearby Penygroes, Llanelli, was well-known after running Bizzie Lizzies Cafe in Gorseinon, Swansea, for 35 years.
The great-grandmother died after she was airlifted 60 miles to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff
Health and safety officials are working with police to investigate the tragedy at the Stag and Pheasant- the owners do not wish to comment
She was described as being devoted to her two daughter Allison and Helen Atherfold, five grandchildren Sion, Tomos, Emyr, Ethan and Emily, and a great grand daughter Olivias-Grace.
Allison said: ‘We are a close knit family and it’s now like a huge piece is missing. A massive piece of the jigsaw is missing. She will always be remembered for her smile and laughter.
‘She was my everything. I have lost my mum and my best friend. She was just someone you could always go to if you wanted help or to know anything.’
Police carried out initial inquiries into the incident which is now being investigated by Carmarthenshire Council health and safety officers. An inquest is due to be held.
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: ‘We attended the Stag and Pheasant in Carmel shortly before 5.40pm on Thursday, January 12, after passing officers were flagged down by relatives of a woman who had fallen down the cellar of the pub. Sadly, the 69-year-old later died in hospital.
‘Officers have carried out initial enquiries and have shared material with the local authority’s health and safety officers, who are investigating the matter.’
Health and safety officials are working with police to investigate the tragedy at the Stag and Pheasant- the owners do not wish to comment.
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