A WOMAN in her 70s has died after a crash involving a van in Christchurch.

Dorset Police received a report at 11.38am on Thursday, January 13, of a collision involving a Mercedes Sprinter van and a pedestrian in Airfield Way.

The pedestrian, a local woman aged in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed.

The male van driver, aged in his 50s, was not physically injured.

A road closure was put in place at the junction with Airfield Road to allow officers to examine the scene.

Police Sergeant Sarah Jones, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who very sadly died in this collision.

“We are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and would urge any witnesses to please come forward.

“I would also ask motorists or businesses in the vicinity to please check their dashcams or CCTV systems for any footage that may be relevant to my enquiries.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while the road closure is in place. This is absolutely necessary to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.”

Providing an update on Friday morning, a Dorset Police spokesperson said no arrests have been made for either incident and the injuries sustained in the Blandford Road crash were not life-threatening or life-changing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/, via email to SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 13:175.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.