Partial collapse of Beaminster Tunnel

Below is a joint statement from Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. 

“At approximately 6.30pm yesterday (Monday 16 July 2012), Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were contacted by Avon and Somerset police regarding the partial collapse of Beaminster Tunnel.

Crews were subsequently sent to investigate the area, and following a period of excavation discovered a vehicle under a large volume of earth and mud.

At approximately 7.20pm yesterday (Monday 16 July 2012), Dorset Police were advised that Dorset Fire and Rescue Service personnel had discovered a car under a large volume of earth outside the entrance of Beaminster Tunnel.

The road has been closed and a cordon has been put in place while emergency service staff attempt to excavate the vehicle.”

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