Crash tragedy: Man and woman killed in A31 smash

Bournemouth Echo: TRAGEDY: Police at the scene of a fatal crash on the A31 east of Bere Regis  Pictures: DORSET MEDIA SERVICE TRAGEDY: Police at the scene of a fatal crash on the A31 east of Bere Regis Pictures: DORSET MEDIA SERVICE

A MAN and woman died when their car was involved in a crash with a lorry on a main route in Dorset.

It happened on the A31 east of Bere Regis about 5.20pm yesterday.

Police closed the A31 for several hours between Bere Regis and the Roundhouse Roundabout at Sturminster Marshall.

A man and a woman, aged 74 and 72-years-old, who were travelling in the car were ‘killed instantly’ at the scene, emergency services reported.

The road was closed to allow crash scene investigators carry out a detailed examination and for the vehicles to be recovered.

Dorset Police said the collision, east of Red Post, Winterborne Zelston, involved a Scania heavy tractor articulated lorry registered to a company from outside of Dorset and a Seat car registered to a Dorset motorist.

Motorists faced long delays in the area as police closed the A31 and put diversions in place. Officers urged people to avoid travelling in the area last night as the scene was cleared.

The collision is the 27th fatal crash on Dorset’s roads this year and brings the number of people killed on the roads up to 28. Last year there were 25 fatal crashes.

Among those caught up in hold-ups last night were Martin Moore, 38, from Dorchester who said: “These diversions go on for miles.

“We’ve heard that there’s an incredibly serious accident but no one’s sure exactly where or what’s happened.”

Mike Griffin, chairman of the Lower Winterborne Group Parish Council, said news of the double fatal was ‘very sad’.

He added: “There seem to be a lot of accidents, minor and major, along the stretch of road from the Red Post to the World’s End pub where there is a 40mph speed limit.

“I’ve seen the air ambulance there before.

“This is obviously a very sad incident especially to hear two people have died.”

A staff member at The World’s End pub and restaurant, located on the A31, said motorists had been stopping by to avoid sitting in the mounting traffic.

She said: “We are normally quiet on a Tuesday but the traffic build up meant we had more people coming in because of the huge queues.”

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9:34am Tue 10 Dec 13

MrDMan says...

Whilst I am sure we can all agree that an incident like this is terrible any time of year, I think that happening so close to Christmas increases the sadness of this tragedy.

Thoughts with the friends and family and with the lorry driver too
Whilst I am sure we can all agree that an incident like this is terrible any time of year, I think that happening so close to Christmas increases the sadness of this tragedy. Thoughts with the friends and family and with the lorry driver too MrDMan

3:22pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

Tragic. Although previous comments have been deleted, I see the crass comment from a member of staff at the pub is still being printed.
Tragic. Although previous comments have been deleted, I see the crass comment from a member of staff at the pub is still being printed. Old Colonial

3:34pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

The BBC report says that the couple were in a Seat Ibiza travelling West, when it collided with TWO lorries travelling East....which story is right?
The BBC report says that the couple were in a Seat Ibiza travelling West, when it collided with TWO lorries travelling East....which story is right? Lewcee

4:28pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jonnboy32 says...

Arriving on the scene within seconds of the accident both I and my partner would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of the couple.

Our thoughts are, like MrDMan, also with the Lorry driver who was involved in such a tragic accident.

FYI - there were two lorries involved both of which were heading East. The Seat was heading West on the single lane stretch of road.
Arriving on the scene within seconds of the accident both I and my partner would like to send our condolences to the friends and family of the couple. Our thoughts are, like MrDMan, also with the Lorry driver who was involved in such a tragic accident. FYI - there were two lorries involved both of which were heading East. The Seat was heading West on the single lane stretch of road. jonnboy32

4:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Tragic. Although previous comments have been deleted, I see the crass comment from a member of staff at the pub is still being printed.
i don't know why the previous comments were deleted.... the staff of the pub was just making an observation....it would seem that unless condolences are uttered ones post will be deleted... the crass comments are from those who have nothing more to say than "condolences to the friends and family of the couple"
It would be taken for granted that one feels sad that lives have been lost and would I be mistaken to think that those involved and their families will have more pressing thing to do that read the echo`s forum!!
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Tragic. Although previous comments have been deleted, I see the crass comment from a member of staff at the pub is still being printed.[/p][/quote]i don't know why the previous comments were deleted.... the staff of the pub was just making an observation....it would seem that unless condolences are uttered ones post will be deleted... the crass comments are from those who have nothing more to say than "condolences to the friends and family of the couple" It would be taken for granted that one feels sad that lives have been lost and would I be mistaken to think that those involved and their families will have more pressing thing to do that read the echo`s forum!! Chris the plumber

5:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jonnboy32 says...

Chris,

With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.
Chris, With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time. jonnboy32

5:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Just_Sayin' says...

Unfortunately the 'journalists' at the echo believe that the more they write the better the article. I personally would rather read a short, respectful news piece than one padded out with irrelevant statements. For the record, the Echo chose not to include yesterday's comments - "Perhaps your journalist would be so kind as to remove the last section regards increased trade for the pub as a result of this horrific incident. How utterly insensitive.
Thoughts to those involved."
Unfortunately the 'journalists' at the echo believe that the more they write the better the article. I personally would rather read a short, respectful news piece than one padded out with irrelevant statements. For the record, the Echo chose not to include yesterday's comments - "Perhaps your journalist would be so kind as to remove the last section regards increased trade for the pub as a result of this horrific incident. How utterly insensitive. Thoughts to those involved." Just_Sayin'

6:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

jonnboy32 wrote:
Chris,

With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.
With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !!
[quote][p][bold]jonnboy32[/bold] wrote: Chris, With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.[/p][/quote]With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !! Chris the plumber

8:35pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Huey says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
jonnboy32 wrote:
Chris,

With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.
With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !!
There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened....
Which is what I would want to know if I was family.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonnboy32[/bold] wrote: Chris, With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.[/p][/quote]With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !![/p][/quote]There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened.... Which is what I would want to know if I was family. Huey

11:46pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sprintervanman says...

R.I.P to the persons who passed away.Prayers and a moment of thought for their Family and all those involved.
R.I.P to the persons who passed away.Prayers and a moment of thought for their Family and all those involved. sprintervanman

5:05pm Wed 11 Dec 13

elfinia says...

Huey wrote:
Chris the plumber wrote:
jonnboy32 wrote:
Chris,

With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.
With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !!
There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened....
Which is what I would want to know if I was family.
"There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened....
Which is what I would want to know if I was family."

I agree with this poster. I knew that lovely headteacher ( Ally Mullany) and was very dissatisfied with the inquest conclusions.However , as the witnesses in the car were either dead or seriously injured, I understood that the only testimony came from the two men in the Fire Engine and the Accident investgation service . There was no independent witness. That the fault should have been attributed to the deceased in her tiny mini cooper as opposed to a several tonne fire truck on an emergency call out struck me as possibly misogynous. ( woman driver unused to a diverson and on the "wrong" side of the road )
Condolences to the family of this latest tragic accident.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonnboy32[/bold] wrote: Chris, With respect I think you're wrong. I was involved and know more details about what happened than I would like to but I'm reading the forum and I think that friends and family will also be reading this and what is written here is extremely important and will affect how they feel at this terrible time.[/p][/quote]With respect we should be talking about this incident how it happened why it happened and how to avoid other lives being lost. that should be our priority even if a few over sensitive posters jump up and down shouting Foul !![/p][/quote]There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened.... Which is what I would want to know if I was family.[/p][/quote]"There's been loads of head ons this year, like that teacher who was on the wrong side of the road and hit the fire engine with its lights and sirens on, but we are never given an explanation exactly why it happened.... Which is what I would want to know if I was family." I agree with this poster. I knew that lovely headteacher ( Ally Mullany) and was very dissatisfied with the inquest conclusions.However , as the witnesses in the car were either dead or seriously injured, I understood that the only testimony came from the two men in the Fire Engine and the Accident investgation service . There was no independent witness. That the fault should have been attributed to the deceased in her tiny mini cooper as opposed to a several tonne fire truck on an emergency call out struck me as possibly misogynous. ( woman driver unused to a diverson and on the "wrong" side of the road ) Condolences to the family of this latest tragic accident. elfinia

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