A MAN died in a single-vehicle crash near Blandford on Wednesday.

Wimborne Road was closed between the A354 roundabout and Tarrant Keyneston after the crash outside Ashley Wood Golf Club.

The fire service was first at the scene of the collision involving a silver Ford Focus, which happened at around 4pm.

They informed the police who shut the road. Motorists were urged to avoid the area and divert via the A354.

The driver of the Focus, a 68-year-old local man, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured. His family has been informed and the coroner notified.

Police Sergeant Craig Tatton, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this very difficult time.

“We are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of the collision and I am appealing to anyone who was travelling along the B3082 at the relevant time and either witnessed the collision, saw the Focus immediately prior to the incident or has any relevant dashcam footage to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would like to thank motorists for their patience during the road closures, which have been entirely necessary to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.”