A TEENAGE girl is fighting for her life after a road accident in north Dorset late on Monday night.

The 16-year-old from Shaftesbury suffered serious head injuries when a silver Volkswagen Polo crashed on the A30 Sherborne Causeway at 11.20pm.

The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old man from Blandford, was also injured and both were taken to Yeovil Hospital.

The road was closed for several hours to allow police to carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Details of the accident have not been released but it is believed to have involved just one vehicle which left the road.

A spokesman from South Western Ambulance Service said paramedics were called to the scene by the Fire Service.

He said: “The call came in at 11.39pm about an accident on the junction between Sherborne Causeway and Lox Lane.

“One female was in and out of consciousness. She was trapped inside the vehicle and cut free by firefighters.

“There was one male casualty with minor injuries,” he added.

Two fire crews from Shaftesbury attended the scene and discovered one casualty in the vehicle and one medically trapped on arrival.

They treated the casualty outside the vehicle until ambulance personnel arrived and then removed the roof of the vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment.

The casualty was removed and the vehicle made safe.

Dorset Police officers have launched an investigation and have appealed for witnesses to the incident or anyone who saw the vehicle before the accident to call the Western Traffic Department on 101, quoting incident number 444:30.