A WOMAN from Dorset has died and another woman has been left with life-changing injuries after a tree fell onto a car.

Emergency services were called just after 9.30am on Thursday to the incident on the A30 at Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury.

The 75-year-old passenger, who is from Shaftesbury, died at the scene.

The driver, a 74-year-old woman, who is also from Shaftesbury, suffered serious injuries to her leg which are believed to be life changing. She was taken to Southampton Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

The road remained closed until around 11.45pm.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "At this stage, it is believed that a large tree fell into the road and on to the car – a Ford Fiesta, which was travelling northbound from the direction of Fovant."

The spokesman added the 75-year-old woman's family were being supported by specially trained officers.

"Our thoughts remain with them at this time," they said.