A Welshman whose van crashed into the back of a lorry in Scotland is fighting for his life in hospital.
Stephen Taylor had to be cut from the vehicle by emergency services after his van crashed into the back of a lorry on the A74(M) near Lockerbie, Scotland, at about 10am on Monday.
The 34-year-old self-employed electrician was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he has remained in intensive care.
Stephen is originally from Caerleon, near Newport, but moved to Stamford, Lincolnshire, about five years ago and was on his way to a job in Scotland when the incident happened.
On arrival at the hospital his family said he was rushed into theatre where he spent 10 hours and remains in a critical condition in intensive care.
Gareth Sherrington, also 34, attended Caerleon Comprehensive School with Stephen and has been anxiously awaiting updates on his close friend. “I heard a few hours after,” Gareth said.
“His dad sent a message to one of the boys and it just escalated. How he survived that, it is just unbelievable.”
Gareth said Stephen’s family were still unsure of the extent of his injuries but he has sustained multiple severe fractures to both legs and is fighting for his life.
He underwent another major surgery on Wednesday but his condition is not yet stable.
Gareth said Stephen’s family are with him at the hospital along with his partner Molly Meadows.
“He is sedated,” he said. “I think Molly has spoken to him and he didn’t talk but he definitely came around slightly.
“To be honest the fact he is such a strong person is the reason he is alive now. All those years of training.”
Stephen is a keen rugby player and has played for Pontypool, Newport, and Cardiff RFC. He also played for the Wales Sevens under-21s.
“It is just difficult,” Gareth said. “You have just got to be strong. We would love to be able to come up but at the moment only family can see him.
“So we just have to hold on and keep him in our prayers really.”
Stephen and Molly’s friends have set up a fundraising page to try to ease the financial burden on their family and so far more than £10,000 has been raised.
“He is a well-loved person,” Gareth said. “He’s one of those people who have a lot of friends.
“He is such a big character, everybody loves him. He’s one of those guys.”
To support Stephen and his family visit their Gofundme page .