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- The male driver of a campervan has died after a collision involving a lorry on the A31 near Wimborne.
- The road was closed from the B3074 to Lake Gates for several hours and motorists were diverted. The road reopened around 3.15pm.
- The air ambulance attended and a female casualty has been taken to Southampton General Hospital.
- Motorists were advised not to leave the road at Bere Regis but stay on the A35.
We've posted a full report on the crash now: read it here. We're closing the live coverage now. Thanks.
Here's some video from the crash scene as the vehicles were being cleared. Please note this footage does show damage to the camper van which some may find distressing.
The A31 has been reopened after this morning's fatal crash
The A31 has now reopened at Wimborne following this morning's serious accident.— @TravelDorset 24 July 2014
The A31 at Wimborne could remain closed into rush hour (no estimated reopening time as yet.) Allow extra time for journeys this evening.— @TravelDorset 24 July 2014
Picture by Corin Messer
We've just heard a bit more information from our reporter Jim Durkin who says the campervan is now on the back of a recovery lorry which is parked up at the ESSO garage. The garage is still cordoned off.
The HGV is just about to be loaded onto the back of another recovery lorry.
The road remains closed while investigations continue.
Recovery vehicles are now on the scene and are working to remove the camper van. The road is still expected to remain closed for several hours.
Police have confirmed it was the male driver of the campervan who died at the scene.
Travel Dorset have been advising motorists on diversions due to the closure of the A31. Note this is an update from their earlier tweet.
We've been speaking to a member of staff from the Roadside Cafe.
Chantal Steel said: "We heard a big bang and ran across to the ESSO to get our high-vis tops and then we went outside to try and stop the traffic."
The last fire engines have now left the scene.
We've just had the following statement through from Dorset County Council who have confirmed that the HGV involved in the crash is a council vehicle:
We can confirm that a Dorset County Council vehicle was involved in the incident on the A31 today. The driver has been taken to Poole General Hospital.
Dorset County council will be helping Dorset Police with their investigations.
The person who has died is believed to be the driver of the campervan.
We've just had this statement from Dorset Police acting sergeant Sarah Jones: “Just before 10.15am this morning we were notified of a very serious accident here on the A31 just outside the service station.
“Two vehicles have collided, one of which is a heavy goods vehicle. One of the occupants of one of the vehicles has sadly been pronounced deceased at the scene.
“One occupant was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries.
“We have our collision investigators here; they are going to be examining the scene.
“The road is going to be closed for some time. Highways are en route to arrange diversions. We ask people to be patient with us at this time.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101.
The condition of the third casualty is not known at this time.
Crash investigators are now on the scene and have started work.
Our reporter Jim says the cafe and the garage are now shut and he's due to speak to the fire officer shortly.
Pic: Corin Messer
Pic: Corin Messer
The air ambulance have confirmed they've taken one casualty to Southampton General Hospital.
We've heard from our reporter Jim who is at the scene.
He says Highway Maintenance vehicles have just turned up and there's only one fire engine remaining at the scene and one has just left.
A man who was working nearby said that he heard an "almighty crash" and looked down the road. From seeing the wreckage he said "I knew it would be bad".
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service say they sent three crews to the scene from Wimborne, Poole and Blandford.
Crews have used hydrolic cutting equipment to rescue one casualty, who has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.
The air ambulance has taken off with a female casualty, who we believe is the last casualty to be taken away from the scene.
Police say that the road will probably be closed for four to five hours at a conservative estimate.
We've been told that the air ambulance is on the scene dealing with the casualty.
A31 closure - use A roads through Poole and the A35 to and from Bere Regis to avoid. Local routes at Corfe Mullen already busy.— @TravelDorset 24 July 2014
A31 closure - alt. route: from the west: follow A35 at Bere Regis > Poole > A349. From the east: Leave at A349 > Poole > A35 > Bere Regis— @TravelDorset 24 July 2014
The ambulance service has just told us the accident was a fatal one. They were called at 10.14am. There are three casualties and one fatality at this time. The air ambulance is also in attendance.
Reporter Toby Wadey has been speaking to some people near the scene who have described it as a "horrible accident".
There are at least three fire engines on the scene and ambulances.
Reports are coming in of a serious crash between a lorry and a camper van on A31 near Wimborne.
Police were called to the incident on the Dorchester Road, outside the garage around 10.15am.
Officers have put on a full road closure from the B3074 Blandford Road and at Lake Gates roundabout.
There is also a road closure at Candy's Lane.
The road is likely to be closed for some time, a force spokesperson said.
A31 near Wimborne is closed at Lakes Gates roundabout, B3074 roundabout and Candy's Lane for a serious collison. #latestnews #trafficprobs— @dorsetpolice 24 July 2014