A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal crash in which a nine-year-old died. 

Emergency services were called to a crash on the A354 Salisbury Road at East Woodyates, north Dorset, involving a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer. 

The crash happened at around 5.20pm on Monday, March 25. 

The passenger of the Citroen, a nine-year-old boy from Hampshire, died at the scene. His family has been informed. 

Meanwhile the driver of the Citroen, a woman in her 30s from Hampshire, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a driving offence/ 

She was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries and remains in police custody. 

A murder investigation has now been launched and officers are wishing to speak to witnesses who may have seen the “manner of driving” of any of the vehicles in the area prior to the crash. 

Detective chief inspector Neil Third, of the major crime investigation team, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the loved ones of the young boy during this very difficult time. 

“A number of initial lines of enquiry have been carried out and detectives are now undertaking an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened. 

“I would ask any witnesses who have not already spoken to police, or anyone who may have captured relevant dashcam footage, to please come forward. 

“Also, I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident. 

“A detailed scene examination was carried out overnight and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240044571.  

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.