A PEDESTRIAN died after being involved in a crash with a petrol tanker on the A338 Spur Road.

Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway of the main road at 6.22am on Sunday, July 25.

Dorset Police said they received a report of the incident, which happened between the Avon Causeway and Ashley Heath, involving a white petrol tanker which had collided with a male pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. The lorry driver was uninjured.

A road closure has been put in place to enable emergency services to respond to the incident.

Police Sergeant Lee Savage, of the traffic unit, said: “My thoughts go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.

“We are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have captured relevant dashcam footage.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a white Vauxhall Insignia parked in a layby on this stretch of road or a person in or around the vehicle.

“Finally, we are aware that the road closure greatly impacts the traffic in this area. I would like to reassure motorists that this is absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to safely respond to the incident and thoroughly examine the scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 25:191. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.