A350 in North Dorset closed after crash near Steepleton corner

A350 closed due to serious accident - air ambulance requested

UPDATE: A350 closed after serious head-on crash between van and car

UPDATE: A350 closed after serious head-on crash between van and car

Sergeant Dave Stroud

First published in News
Last updated

ONE person has suffered serious internal injuries after a crash on the A350 in North Dorset.

The collision took place between a car and a box van. Six people are involved.

The A350 was closed until lunchtime but has now fully reopened, a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

Diversions have been put on at the A357 Blandford to Sherborne and A30 Sherborne to Shaftesbury in both directions.

 


Sergeant Dave Stroud from Dorset Police's traffic unit said: "At approximately 7am two vehicles were involved in a serious injury collision on the A350 at Steepleton bends.

"It would appear that a white Ford Fiesta travelling north on the A350 out of the county has lost control on the left hand bend and collided head on with a large goods vehicle."

Four young men were travelling in the Ford Fiesta and two men were in the lorry.

Sgt Stroud said four people had suffered slight injuries with two people from the car taken to hospital with more serious injuries.

Initally a force spokesperson said both the rear passengers in the car were seriously injured, including one who has reportedly suffered internal injuries.

The ambulance service later said one person had serious stomach injuries.

They were all taken to Dorset County Hospital.

The road is closed between Durweston Bridge and Iwerne Minster.

Both the Mercedes box van and the Ford Fiesta are still on the scene.

Dorset Fire and Rescue were also called to the scene.

Dorset Police were called by the ambulance service at 7am.

The police helicopter was put on standby to convey casualties to hospital but was not needed.

The fire service tweeted just before 7.30am this morning - 

 


 

 

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8:44am Wed 30 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

Hope everyone is ok and whoever is seriously injured for a speedy recovery. To many accidents at the moment
Hope everyone is ok and whoever is seriously injured for a speedy recovery. To many accidents at the moment crystal-coast
  • Score: 19

8:47am Wed 30 Jul 14

justme20092009 says...

oh
oh justme20092009
  • Score: -21

9:50am Wed 30 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

It is happening every day!
It is happening every day! suzigirl
  • Score: 6

10:02am Wed 30 Jul 14

billy bumble says...

A lot of accidents on this stretch recently

It's a bad piece of road but I don't seem to recall this level of accidents in the past

Speedy recovery to those involved
A lot of accidents on this stretch recently It's a bad piece of road but I don't seem to recall this level of accidents in the past Speedy recovery to those involved billy bumble
  • Score: 6

10:29am Wed 30 Jul 14

anotherfatslob says...

Caan't blame the roads.
Caan't blame the roads. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 15

11:24am Wed 30 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

Was everyone wearing seat belts?
Was everyone wearing seat belts? folkprotector
  • Score: -6

12:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

gileto says...

Sadly, it seems that with the extensive damage to the front of the car, the rear occupants having the worst injuries suggests not. Too many young people think they are immortal and don't need to belt up in the back, unfortunately, and ultimately some suffer the consequences rather than walk away.
Sadly, it seems that with the extensive damage to the front of the car, the rear occupants having the worst injuries suggests not. Too many young people think they are immortal and don't need to belt up in the back, unfortunately, and ultimately some suffer the consequences rather than walk away. gileto
  • Score: 7

12:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ophilum says...

In this instance you can blame the road, it is well out of date and for the volume of traffic is little more than a cart track in modern terms and needs to be replaced and soon if the amount of housing in gillingham and Shaftesbury is anything to go by..
In this instance you can blame the road, it is well out of date and for the volume of traffic is little more than a cart track in modern terms and needs to be replaced and soon if the amount of housing in gillingham and Shaftesbury is anything to go by.. Ophilum
  • Score: -14

12:47pm Wed 30 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

gileto wrote:
Sadly, it seems that with the extensive damage to the front of the car, the rear occupants having the worst injuries suggests not. Too many young people think they are immortal and don't need to belt up in the back, unfortunately, and ultimately some suffer the consequences rather than walk away.
It's not just young people who think they are immortal
[quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: Sadly, it seems that with the extensive damage to the front of the car, the rear occupants having the worst injuries suggests not. Too many young people think they are immortal and don't need to belt up in the back, unfortunately, and ultimately some suffer the consequences rather than walk away.[/p][/quote]It's not just young people who think they are immortal misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 9

1:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

P Barker says...

Ophilum wrote:
In this instance you can blame the road, it is well out of date and for the volume of traffic is little more than a cart track in modern terms and needs to be replaced and soon if the amount of housing in gillingham and Shaftesbury is anything to go by..
What the road made someone drive into oncoming traffic ?. Rubbish, clearly driver ever. If you cant keep on your side of the road you are going to hit something. My guess, too fast round the bend, which is clearly marked in the photo with the black & white chevron "sharp deviation to route" sign. Hopefully the van will have a camera system to prove this. In fact all cars should have cameras fitted - maybe people will then wake up and drive with a little more care.
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: In this instance you can blame the road, it is well out of date and for the volume of traffic is little more than a cart track in modern terms and needs to be replaced and soon if the amount of housing in gillingham and Shaftesbury is anything to go by..[/p][/quote]What the road made someone drive into oncoming traffic ?. Rubbish, clearly driver ever. If you cant keep on your side of the road you are going to hit something. My guess, too fast round the bend, which is clearly marked in the photo with the black & white chevron "sharp deviation to route" sign. Hopefully the van will have a camera system to prove this. In fact all cars should have cameras fitted - maybe people will then wake up and drive with a little more care. P Barker
  • Score: 21

1:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Edna Cheese (Mrs) says...

This road is a disgrace and should have been straightened / moved years ago.
This road is a disgrace and should have been straightened / moved years ago. Edna Cheese (Mrs)
  • Score: -11

1:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ben111 says...

To all involved a speedy recovery....

To all that blame the road, You are wrong , If you say the road is dangerouse .

We then can all say that all cars are dangerouse because in the wong hands they are a weapon, but we know thats no the case as with roads correct and sensible use a car is not a weapon and roads are not dangerouse.
To all involved a speedy recovery.... To all that blame the road, You are wrong , If you say the road is dangerouse . We then can all say that all cars are dangerouse because in the wong hands they are a weapon, but we know thats no the case as with roads correct and sensible use a car is not a weapon and roads are not dangerouse. ben111
  • Score: 4

1:35pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Drivers are dangerous. The sooner we get driverless cars the better.
Drivers are dangerous. The sooner we get driverless cars the better. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Diesel Dog says...

Hope you are all ok.
As a truck driver the A350 is one of the worst A roads I use in Dorset.

The situation today is made worse by the higher Shaftesbury Road being closed increasing traffic on the A350. Why have Dorset Counyt Council closed the higher Shaftesbury road for so long, are they partly responsible for an increase in accidents between Blandford and Shaftesbury lately.
Hope you are all ok. As a truck driver the A350 is one of the worst A roads I use in Dorset. The situation today is made worse by the higher Shaftesbury Road being closed increasing traffic on the A350. Why have Dorset Counyt Council closed the higher Shaftesbury road for so long, are they partly responsible for an increase in accidents between Blandford and Shaftesbury lately. Diesel Dog
  • Score: 13

7:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

60plus says...

I have heard the people on the top road are happy the road is closed very quite for them they want to keep it closed.
I have heard the people on the top road are happy the road is closed very quite for them they want to keep it closed. 60plus
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

504gld says...

Well you have to admit looking at those photos the Ford Fester's crumble zone is rather effective, both front doors appear to be intact and opening despite the front being ready for the scrap heap. It's a shame that people all to readily take comfort in the knowledge of the "safety" features that will protect them allowing them to drive like pill**cks. Put them in a Morris 1000 with drums all round for a few weeks they'll soon judge the road better.
Well you have to admit looking at those photos the Ford Fester's crumble zone is rather effective, both front doors appear to be intact and opening despite the front being ready for the scrap heap. It's a shame that people all to readily take comfort in the knowledge of the "safety" features that will protect them allowing them to drive like pill**cks. Put them in a Morris 1000 with drums all round for a few weeks they'll soon judge the road better. 504gld
  • Score: 4

8:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

504gld wrote:
Well you have to admit looking at those photos the Ford Fester's crumble zone is rather effective, both front doors appear to be intact and opening despite the front being ready for the scrap heap. It's a shame that people all to readily take comfort in the knowledge of the "safety" features that will protect them allowing them to drive like pill**cks. Put them in a Morris 1000 with drums all round for a few weeks they'll soon judge the road better.
That actually just about sums it up!
[quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: Well you have to admit looking at those photos the Ford Fester's crumble zone is rather effective, both front doors appear to be intact and opening despite the front being ready for the scrap heap. It's a shame that people all to readily take comfort in the knowledge of the "safety" features that will protect them allowing them to drive like pill**cks. Put them in a Morris 1000 with drums all round for a few weeks they'll soon judge the road better.[/p][/quote]That actually just about sums it up! Old Colonial
  • Score: 4

10:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

billy bumble wrote:
A lot of accidents on this stretch recently

It's a bad piece of road but I don't seem to recall this level of accidents in the past

Speedy recovery to those involved
unfortunately the Dorset road safety campaign spends all of its time in Poole nd Bournemouth, maybe because of the higher population and more revenue , I could be wrong of course
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: A lot of accidents on this stretch recently It's a bad piece of road but I don't seem to recall this level of accidents in the past Speedy recovery to those involved[/p][/quote]unfortunately the Dorset road safety campaign spends all of its time in Poole nd Bournemouth, maybe because of the higher population and more revenue , I could be wrong of course cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

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