COMMUTERS faced major delays on a busy route between Bournemouth and Poole this morning after a van crashed.

Police said that it happened on the westbound A3049 Dorset Way, which was closed between the Mannings Heath and Alderney roundabouts.

One lane was reopened at 9.35am, while the other remained closed as recovery and repairs took place.

The road has since been reopened.

A spokesman for the force said that the crash happened at 7.56am and involved a VW Caddy van with one person inside.

It hit a fence and a lamp post.

Firefighters were also called to help free the driver from the van.

The occupant was taken to hospital; it is not believed that their injuries were serious.