A PENSIONER is fighting for life after being in collision with a car on a busy Weymouth road.

The elderly woman was struck as she crossed Dorchester Road at around 4pm yesterday.

She was taken to Dorset County Hospital, where it is understood doctors were battling to save her life..

Her injuries have been described as ‘serious and life-threatening’ by police.

Traffic was re-directed late in to the afternoon as Dorchester Road was closed between Littlemoor Road and Old Station Road.

Police tape cordoned off the area as officers examined the scene.

It is believed the woman is a Broadwey resident and was in volved in the collision outside Broadwey Fish & Chips and P & M Read Florist shortly after she had called in at the florist.

A member of staff at the shop called an ambulance as soon as the accident occurred.

Mark Read, owner of the shop said: “She came in the shop for a chat, like she does a couple of times a week.

“I understand that she was crossing the road when it happened. One of my staff members called for an ambulance.

“Both of the people involved live in the village. Tt’s such a shame.

“The woman is a widow. She lost her husband a couple of years ago.

“The driver of the car was also elderly.

The car involved is a red Mazda 3, registered to a local woman. The car remained at the scene as police carried out examinations.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “We were called just before 4pm by the ambulance service. The location was outside Broadwey Fish and Chips on Dorchester Road.

“The pensioner’s injuries are life-threatening. She was taken to Dorset County Hospital and the next of kin are aware.”

He added that road closures were put in place on Dorchester Road and the road was closed for several hours while emergency services worked at he scene and crash investigators examined the area.