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Witness appeal following serious road traffic collision in East Dorset

29 July 2021
Officers investigating a serious injury road traffic collision on the A31 in East Dorset are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

Dorset Police received a report at 3.04pm on Thursday 29 July 2021 of a collision at Sturminster Marshall involving a blue Honda Civic estate and a blue and green Ford Transit van.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service, and the fire service also assisted with removing two women from the Honda. Both were taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment. It has subsequently been confirmed that one of the women, aged in her 90s, is in a critical condition. Her family has been informed.

The other woman, aged in her 50s, sustained injuries that were not believed to be serious.

The driver of the Ford, a man aged in his 60s, was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to injuries that were not believed to be serious.

Road closures were put in place as the emergency services responded to the incident and were lifted shortly after 7pm.

Sergeant Rhys Griffiths, of the traffic unit, said: “We are carrying out a full investigation to establish the circumstances of this collision and I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please contact us.

“I would also ask anyone who was driving in the area and has dashcam fitted to their vehicles to please check their footage for anything of relevance.

“Finally, I appreciate the closure of a main trunk road will have caused inconvenience for many, but this was absolutely necessary to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident, for the vehicles to be recovered and for the scene to be made safe. I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the closures were in place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 29:465. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.
 

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