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Woman Dies Following A Road Collision Near Port Regis

Dorset Police officers investigating a fatal road traffic collision near Shaftesbury last night are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

At around 8.15pm, Dorset Police received a report of a single-vehicle collision on the B3081 Shaftesbury Road between Shaftesbury and Gillingham, near to the access to Port Regis School. The collision involved a silver Audi A6 Allroad estate.

Emergency services attended and very sadly a 23-year-old female passenger of the Audi was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family has been informed. A 28-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were both taken to Salisbury District Hospital with serious injuries. All three occupants are from the local area.

The air ambulance attended the scene. Photo by Percy Lizzard.

Road closures were put in place to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident and for a detailed examination of the scene to be carried out. The closures were lifted at around 5am today.

Police Constable Leanne Steedman of the traffic unit said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who sadly died at this extremely difficult time. We are carrying out a full investigation to establish the circumstances of this collision.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision, or the manner of driving of the vehicle involved before it, to please contact us. I would also like to hear from any motorists who may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam.

“Finally, I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the road closures were in place. These were necessary to allow the emergency services to respond and for us to carry out a thorough examination of the collision scene.”

The A350 was closed at Semley yesterday at around 4pm following a collision between a van and a car. One of the drivers, a man, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital by ambulance. Police say his injuries were non-life changing.

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