THE A31 in Ferndown was fully closed earlier today after an articulated lorry overturned causing a large diesel spill early this morning. 

The crash happened at the Ameysford Roundabout with police called to the scene at 4.44am. 

Police closed the road between the B3072 West Moors Road and Canford Bottom Roundabout. 

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The driver was uninjured.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area. 

A diversion was initially put in place for westbound traffic with the eastbound lane unaffected.

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The road was closed in both directions to allow recovery to take place. 

The eastbound side reopened around 9.20am with the westbound carriageway reopening at around 11.30pm. 

There were reports of congestion through Longham on the A348 Ringwood Road as traffic diverted around the closure.

Dorset Police said: "Officers would like to thank motorists for their patience while partner agencies are dealing with the incident."