A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the A31. 

Emergency services were called to the dual carriageway at Canford Bottom roundabout shortly before 11am on Wednesday, April 3. 

The male rider of the Kawasaki, in his 50s, was involved in a crash with a black Audi A6 and suffered injuries Dorset Police described as “serious but not life-threatening". 

He was taken to Poole hospital by ambulance.

Meanwhile, the busy A31 was closed between Canford Bottom and Ameysford roundabouts for several hours while recovery was arranged for the vehicles.  

Elsewhere, the crash brought travel chaos to the surrounding area including Ferndown, which one resident described as “basically a slow moving car park”. 

Dorset Police officers are appealing for witnesses to the crash or people with dashcam footage to come forward.

Police constable Calum Maton, of the roads policing team, said: “I am appealing to any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please get in touch.

“I would also like to hear from any motorists who were travelling nearby and may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam footage.

“Finally, I understand the road closure would have had an impact in the area and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding. This enabled us to safely deal with the incident and investigate the scene.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240048826.

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

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said: We were called at 10.42am on Wednesday 3 April to a road traffic accident near Ferndown.

"We sent a double-crewed land ambulance, an operations officer, a critical care car and a doctor to the scene and we conveyed one patient by land ambulance to Poole Hospital.”