A MAN died of his injuries after his car was in collision with a flatbed scaffolding lorry which was reversing across a road, an inquest heard last week.

Roger John Hebditch, who was 73, died following a crash in Dorchester Road, Upton on the morning of Monday, October 14.

He was driving a silver Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision with an Iveco lorry just before 9.35am.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and Mr Hebditch, of Old Forge Close in Lytchett Minster, was rushed to hospital. He died the following afternoon.

The passenger of the Astra, a woman in her 80s, and the driver of the lorry, a man in his 50s, were uninjured.

Police have launched an investigation into Mr Hebditch's death.

On Friday, an inquest was opened and adjourned at the coroner's court in Bournemouth.

It was heard that Mr Hebditch, a groundsman, suffered extensive injuries including a broken neck. He went into a coma following the collision died at Poole Hospital.

Coroner's officer Susan Kay said the Astra "collided with the rear of another vehicle reversing across the Dorchester Road carriageway".

It was heard that a post-mortem had been carried out, and a cause of death was given as a subarachnoid haemorrhage due to a road traffic collision.

Assistant coroner Brendan Allen adjourned the hearing for a pre-inquest review on January 7 next year.

Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, called for information after the crash.

He said: “At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the family of the man who died.

“I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please contact us. I am particularly keen to speak to the driver of a dark-coloured Ford Fusion that was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision.

“I am also appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area at the time of the collision and may have relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

“Finally, I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the road closures were in place.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 14:99.