LiveA31 re-opened after man dies in crash near Wimborne

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Summary

  • 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.

3:53pm

We've posted a full report on the crash now: read it here. We're closing the live coverage now. Thanks. 

3:27pm

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.

 

3:18pm

The A31 has been reopened after this morning's fatal crash

2:56pm

2:55pm

 

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by Corin Messer

1:54pm

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. 

1:18pm

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.

1:03pm

Police have confirmed it was the male driver of the campervan who died at the scene. 

12:55pm

Travel Dorset have been advising motorists on diversions due to the closure of the A31. Note this is an update from their earlier tweet.

12:51pm

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. 

 

12:49pm

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.

12:22pm

The person who has died is believed to be the driver of the campervan.

12:21pm

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.

 

12:03pm

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. 

11:58am

Bournemouth Echo:

Pic: Corin Messer

11:57am

Bournemouth Echo:

Pic: Corin Messer

11:55am

The air ambulance have confirmed they've taken one casualty to Southampton General Hospital. 

11:49am

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. 

11:38am

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". 

11:34am

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. 

11:27am

The air ambulance has taken off with a female casualty, who we believe is the last casualty to be taken away from the scene. 

11:25am

Police say that the road will probably be closed for four to five hours at a conservative estimate. 

 

11:20am

We've been told that the air ambulance is on the scene dealing with the casualty.

11:14am

11:12am

This is the route being suggested to drivers. It goes without saying that traffic on the A35 is going to be very heavy today.

10:55am

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. 

10:52am

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. 

10:48am

10:45am

10:44am

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.

10:44am

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11:23am Thu 24 Jul 14

crystal-coast says...

So sad, thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who died. Hope everyone else isn't seriously injured.
So sad, thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who died. Hope everyone else isn't seriously injured. crystal-coast
  • Score: 20

11:49am Thu 24 Jul 14

wellsworld says...

Thoughts with those involved. That spot seems to have become an accident hotspot recently, hopefully it will be investigated.
Thoughts with those involved. That spot seems to have become an accident hotspot recently, hopefully it will be investigated. wellsworld
  • Score: 9

12:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?
Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 4

12:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Branksome snail says...

Echo - close this thread please
Echo - close this thread please Branksome snail
  • Score: 6

12:15pm Thu 24 Jul 14

padeye says...

Branksome snail wrote:
Echo - close this thread please
Why do you want this thread closed ?
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: Echo - close this thread please[/p][/quote]Why do you want this thread closed ? padeye
  • Score: -8

12:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Branksome snail says...

padeye wrote:
Branksome snail wrote:
Echo - close this thread please
Why do you want this thread closed ?
Any road death should not have a comment section.

People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc.

Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No.
It is disrespectful to friends and family.
Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging.
[quote][p][bold]padeye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: Echo - close this thread please[/p][/quote]Why do you want this thread closed ?[/p][/quote]Any road death should not have a comment section. People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc. Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No. It is disrespectful to friends and family. Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging. Branksome snail
  • Score: 34

12:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Branksome snail wrote:
padeye wrote:
Branksome snail wrote:
Echo - close this thread please
Why do you want this thread closed ?
Any road death should not have a comment section.

People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc.

Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No.
It is disrespectful to friends and family.
Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging.
Okay for you to comment but others not to?

If you don't think people should be commenting, don't do it yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]padeye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: Echo - close this thread please[/p][/quote]Why do you want this thread closed ?[/p][/quote]Any road death should not have a comment section. People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc. Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No. It is disrespectful to friends and family. Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging.[/p][/quote]Okay for you to comment but others not to? If you don't think people should be commenting, don't do it yourself. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: -10

12:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

fuhamfc12 says...

Branksome snail wrote:
padeye wrote:
Branksome snail wrote:
Echo - close this thread please
Why do you want this thread closed ?
Any road death should not have a comment section.

People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc.

Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No.
It is disrespectful to friends and family.
Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging.
But you are on here commenting to. I see what you are saying but any comment on here according to you should be removed.

People can offer condolences if they wish which is what I see in posts above.
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]padeye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: Echo - close this thread please[/p][/quote]Why do you want this thread closed ?[/p][/quote]Any road death should not have a comment section. People cant help but comment on the cause, but dress it up as well meaning, "Sorry for the person in question...... but...., if there were more speed cameras" etc. Offer condolences - Yes, stick in your tuppence worth on a cause - No. It is disrespectful to friends and family. Easier to close the thread and a hell of a lot more dignified than the usual mud slinging.[/p][/quote]But you are on here commenting to. I see what you are saying but any comment on here according to you should be removed. People can offer condolences if they wish which is what I see in posts above. fuhamfc12
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Huey says...

Four out of the top five of today's stories are about fatalities on the roads, it is time the echo had a CRASHES section on the banner at the top of the page , next to news sport and leisure.
Four out of the top five of today's stories are about fatalities on the roads, it is time the echo had a CRASHES section on the banner at the top of the page , next to news sport and leisure. Huey
  • Score: -10

12:58pm Thu 24 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?
Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles.
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?[/p][/quote]Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles. speedy231278
  • Score: 10

1:01pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Top Gear says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?
Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles.
Very true.
No such thing as a dangerous road.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?[/p][/quote]Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles.[/p][/quote]Very true. No such thing as a dangerous road. Top Gear
  • Score: 8

1:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Liberal says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Letcommonsenseprevai

l
wrote:
Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?
Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles.
Of course some roads are safer than others. While most accidents are caused by human error, safety features on roads (including warning signs, good hazard markings and crash barriers) can go a long way to reducing serious collisions. Sadly, this particular stretch of road seems to have had more than its fair share of bad accidents.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Thoughts with the families of those concerned. Why oh why are there not traffic calming measures at this very dangerous section of road?[/p][/quote]Roads are not dangerous, only the people using them. someone has made a driving error, or something has caused a vehicle to go out of control. The result is tragic but you cannot blame tarmac for conspiring to cause the collision unless there is a defect in the road that has caused a puncture or some other failure on one of the vehicles.[/p][/quote]Of course some roads are safer than others. While most accidents are caused by human error, safety features on roads (including warning signs, good hazard markings and crash barriers) can go a long way to reducing serious collisions. Sadly, this particular stretch of road seems to have had more than its fair share of bad accidents. The Liberal
  • Score: 9

3:56pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MrDMan says...

Such a lack of respect. It happens every time.
Accidents happen. It could be anyone. Your parents, children, friends, colleagues.
It's a real tragedy and there may be a family that has an empty space at their dinner table. Not just tonight. But every night.
And all you lot so is quibble about causes of accidents.
Such a lack of respect. It happens every time. Accidents happen. It could be anyone. Your parents, children, friends, colleagues. It's a real tragedy and there may be a family that has an empty space at their dinner table. Not just tonight. But every night. And all you lot so is quibble about causes of accidents. MrDMan
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

suzigirl says...

MrDMan wrote:
Such a lack of respect. It happens every time. Accidents happen. It could be anyone. Your parents, children, friends, colleagues. It's a real tragedy and there may be a family that has an empty space at their dinner table. Not just tonight. But every night. And all you lot so is quibble about causes of accidents.
or moan about being delayed in a traffic jam! RIP........... and my thoughts are with the families........
[quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: Such a lack of respect. It happens every time. Accidents happen. It could be anyone. Your parents, children, friends, colleagues. It's a real tragedy and there may be a family that has an empty space at their dinner table. Not just tonight. But every night. And all you lot so is quibble about causes of accidents.[/p][/quote]or moan about being delayed in a traffic jam! RIP........... and my thoughts are with the families........ suzigirl
  • Score: 0

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