A350 was closed between Blandford and Shaftesbury after two-vehicle crash, some casualties airlifted to hospital

The scene of the crash tonight. Picture and video by Jon Beal

The scene of the crash tonight. Picture and video by Jon Beal

The scene of the crash tonight. Picture and video by Jon Beal

The scene of the crash tonight. Sgt Stuart Pitman. Picture and video by Jon Beal

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SIX people were taken to hospital last night with serious injuries after a head-on smash in North Dorset.

The emergency services were called to the A350 near Iwerne Minster at 7.34pm, a police spokesman said.

Sgt Stuart Pitman, speaking to the Daily Echo at the scene, said the crash involved a silver BMW and a blue Land Rover Freelander.

This morning a police spokesman said five occupants of the BMW and one occupant of the Freelander had all sustained serious injuries.

One occupant of the BMW is in a critical condition in Southampton General Hospital. 

Dorset Police confirmed at 11am today that the one BMW occupant remained in a critical condition and the other five casualties were still being treated in hospital.

Both the air ambulance and police helicopter attended and it is thought that some of the casualties were airlifted to hospital.

Land ambulances were also called.

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service told the Daily Echo that three males - one aged in his 50s, one in his 30s and a teenager - were involved, along with a woman in her 30s and two children, the ages of which are not yet known.

Four of those involved were taken to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, one to Poole Hospital and one to Southampton General Hospital.

The road was closed between the A354 Salisbury Road at Blandford and the A30 at Shaftesbury.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said that crews from Shaftesbury and Blandford were sent to the scene, along with a heavy rescue appliance.

Firefighters worked to free those trapped.

Accident investigators were at the scene, while the road was shut for a considerable amount of time.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, or anyone who saw the cars being driven beforehand, to contact them on 101.

 

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6:15am Sat 7 Jun 14

Huey says...

Horrific thing to happen, I really hope they all pull through a make a full recovery.
Horrific thing to happen, I really hope they all pull through a make a full recovery. Huey
  • Score: 39

7:21am Sat 7 Jun 14

Emma.1 says...

Hope everyone recovers. Just wondered how traffic got to. Shaftesbury as other road closed as well.
Hope everyone recovers. Just wondered how traffic got to. Shaftesbury as other road closed as well. Emma.1
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jwtmusic says...

Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic. jwtmusic
  • Score: -4

3:15pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Fuscia67 says...

Hope all those involved make a good recovery.
Hope all those involved make a good recovery. Fuscia67
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MotorbikeSam says...

jwtmusic wrote:
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..
[quote][p][bold]jwtmusic[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.[/p][/quote]I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes .. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 31

8:12pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bournemouthfan2 says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
jwtmusic wrote:
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..
It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't.
It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jwtmusic[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.[/p][/quote]I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..[/p][/quote]It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't. It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents. Bournemouthfan2
  • Score: 7

8:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

mythoughts! says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
jwtmusic wrote:
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..
It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't.
It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.
I think he was just making a point and a good point to
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jwtmusic[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.[/p][/quote]I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..[/p][/quote]It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't. It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.[/p][/quote]I think he was just making a point and a good point to mythoughts!
  • Score: 19

10:44pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MotorbikeSam says...

mythoughts! wrote:
Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
jwtmusic wrote:
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..
It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't.
It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.
I think he was just making a point and a good point to
thank you My Thoughts too. An A road has corners, kerbs, trees, drain covers , hedges even cars coming the other way.. so you cant expect it to be like a airport runway.. and I did not suggest a reason for this crash only to say that it could not be the roads fault barring earthquake !!!!
[quote][p][bold]mythoughts![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jwtmusic[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.[/p][/quote]I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..[/p][/quote]It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't. It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.[/p][/quote]I think he was just making a point and a good point to[/p][/quote]thank you My Thoughts too. An A road has corners, kerbs, trees, drain covers , hedges even cars coming the other way.. so you cant expect it to be like a airport runway.. and I did not suggest a reason for this crash only to say that it could not be the roads fault barring earthquake !!!! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 12

12:34am Sun 8 Jun 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

I am not making a comment about this incident but am reflecting upon the RoSPA statistics of historical collisions. These do lead to the conclusion that the majority of road traffic "accidents" are as a result of the actions of one or more of the people involved. Over 1700 people were killed on Britain's roads in 2012. Most of those lives might have been saved if attitudes and driving behaviour had been different.
I am not making a comment about this incident but am reflecting upon the RoSPA statistics of historical collisions. These do lead to the conclusion that the majority of road traffic "accidents" are as a result of the actions of one or more of the people involved. Over 1700 people were killed on Britain's roads in 2012. Most of those lives might have been saved if attitudes and driving behaviour had been different. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 7

10:55am Mon 9 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
mythoughts! wrote:
Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
MotorbikeSam wrote:
jwtmusic wrote:
Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.
I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..
It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't.
It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.
I think he was just making a point and a good point to
thank you My Thoughts too. An A road has corners, kerbs, trees, drain covers , hedges even cars coming the other way.. so you cant expect it to be like a airport runway.. and I did not suggest a reason for this crash only to say that it could not be the roads fault barring earthquake !!!!
In which case, it would be the earthquake's fault, not that of the road! Not that a force of nature can be at 'fault', of course.
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mythoughts![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jwtmusic[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is likely to happen more and more, while that hopelessly inadequate road is expected to carry all the traffic.[/p][/quote]I am sure that was a typo and should have read " hopelessly inadequate standard of driving" how can a road hurt anyone no mater what the state of he road, one drives to ones surroundings, if its like a ploughed field you don't drive like its a motorway ... or maybe you do which is why people die in car crashes ..[/p][/quote]It's an A road not a ploughed field and A roads should meet certain standards. I don't think comments about the standard of driving are appropriate, unless you happen to know exactly what happened here... which I expect you don't. It could have been a blow out and medical condition or of course a driver error, we all make them (granted some more than other) and it is only luck and good fortune that means the majority of 'errors' don't actually result in accidents.[/p][/quote]I think he was just making a point and a good point to[/p][/quote]thank you My Thoughts too. An A road has corners, kerbs, trees, drain covers , hedges even cars coming the other way.. so you cant expect it to be like a airport runway.. and I did not suggest a reason for this crash only to say that it could not be the roads fault barring earthquake !!!![/p][/quote]In which case, it would be the earthquake's fault, not that of the road! Not that a force of nature can be at 'fault', of course. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Bubble820 says...

Until the police say the BMW was at fault I wouldn't listen to here say!! I very much doubt he was going 100mph with a 6mth old baby girl in the car, people should think about what they say the family of the people in the BMW don't want to come on here to see people saying what they 'think' happened when they are not the police.
Until the police say the BMW was at fault I wouldn't listen to here say!! I very much doubt he was going 100mph with a 6mth old baby girl in the car, people should think about what they say the family of the people in the BMW don't want to come on here to see people saying what they 'think' happened when they are not the police. Bubble820
  • Score: -21

1:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

kenster says...

Im very sorry for everyone involved here and hope they all make a good recovery.
However, irrespective of the cause of this, allowing traffic to flow on A roads such as this, just like the main route from West Moors to Wimborne it's an accident waiting to happen. Makes me shudder each time I drive these routes, and believe me im no slouch driver, and being an ex-sports biker, it makes you more road aware. These fast roads should have central reservations.
Be it a stroke, puncture, mechanical failure, idiotic driving or whatever. It's no fault of the innocent party heading towards the imminent disaster, there's no protection from a ton+ heap of metal heading towards you. Relying on human skill/reaction to avoid is futile.

This is the underlying problem that should be resolved by our road authorities. There is no protection whatsoever on these roads, let alone from a 10+ton lorry heading towards you.
Its left for the emergency services to pick up the pieces each time. When they could be helping others in need. These accidents are preventable.
Im very sorry for everyone involved here and hope they all make a good recovery. However, irrespective of the cause of this, allowing traffic to flow on A roads such as this, just like the main route from West Moors to Wimborne it's an accident waiting to happen. Makes me shudder each time I drive these routes, and believe me im no slouch driver, and being an ex-sports biker, it makes you more road aware. These fast roads should have central reservations. Be it a stroke, puncture, mechanical failure, idiotic driving or whatever. It's no fault of the innocent party heading towards the imminent disaster, there's no protection from a ton+ heap of metal heading towards you. Relying on human skill/reaction to avoid is futile. This is the underlying problem that should be resolved by our road authorities. There is no protection whatsoever on these roads, let alone from a 10+ton lorry heading towards you. Its left for the emergency services to pick up the pieces each time. When they could be helping others in need. These accidents are preventable. kenster
  • Score: 2

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