WITH VIDEO: Man and woman killed in A31 smash

TRAGEDY: Police at the scene of a fatal crash on the A31 east of Bere Regis Pictures: DORSET MEDIA SERVICE

TRAGEDY: Two people have died in a crash on the A31

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A MAN and woman died when their car was involved in a crash with two lorries on a main route in Dorset.

It happened on the A31 east of Bere Regis about 5.20pm yesterday.

Police closed the A31 for several hours between Bere Regis and the Roundhouse Roundabout at Sturminster Marshall.

A man and a woman who were travelling in the car were ‘killed instantly’ at the scene, emergency services reported.

The road was closed to allow crash scene investigators carry out a detailed examination and for the vehicles to be recovered.

Dorset Police said the collision, east of Red Post, Winterborne Zelston, involved two HGVS travelling eastbound and a yellow Seat Ibiza travelling westbound. It is thought the car is registered to a Dorset motorist.

Both occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorists faced long delays in the area as police closed the A31 and put diversions in place. Officers urged people to avoid travelling in the area last night as the scene was cleared.

After the road was reopened late last night, Dorset Police thanked motorists for their patience while the road was closed.

The collision is the 27th fatal crash on Dorset’s roads this year and brings the number of people killed on the roads up to 28. Last year there were 25 fatal crashes.

Among those caught up in hold-ups last night were Martin Moore, 38, from Dorchester who said: “These diversions go on for miles.

“We’ve heard that there’s an incredibly serious accident but no one’s sure exactly where or what’s happened.”

Mike Griffin, chairman of the Lower Winterborne Group Parish Council, said news of the double fatal was ‘very sad’.

He added: “There seem to be a lot of accidents, minor and major, along the stretch of road from the Red Post to the World’s End pub where there is a 40mph speed limit.

“I’ve seen the air ambulance there before.

“This is obviously a very sad incident especially to hear two people have died.”

A staff member at The World’s End pub and restaurant, located on the A31, said motorists had been stopping by to avoid sitting in the mounting traffic.

She said: “We are normally quiet on a Tuesday but the traffic build up meant we had more people coming in because of the huge queues.”

Witnesses are asked to contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number i09344.

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12:41pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ladymorton22@yahoo.com says...

oh how sad my condolences are with there families terrible isn't it and right on Christmas words fail me really yours heather.morton
oh how sad my condolences are with there families terrible isn't it and right on Christmas words fail me really yours heather.morton ladymorton22@yahoo.com
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1:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Witch Hazel says...

So very sad for all concerned.... RIP.... hope the families can get some sort of comfort from friends and messages of condolences and to know people are thinking of them.
So very sad for all concerned.... RIP.... hope the families can get some sort of comfort from friends and messages of condolences and to know people are thinking of them. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bargain price says...

It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP
It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP bargain price
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hippyhooker says...

bargain price wrote:
It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP
It appears you were the only person considering speed. My condolences to the family at this sad time
[quote][p][bold]bargain price[/bold] wrote: It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP[/p][/quote]It appears you were the only person considering speed. My condolences to the family at this sad time Hippyhooker
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bargain price says...

Hippyhooker wrote:
bargain price wrote:
It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP
It appears you were the only person considering speed. My condolences to the family at this sad time
No just getting there before other's and the parish council saying about the 40 mph . The main thing is that we remember the ones that are hurt and the family
[quote][p][bold]Hippyhooker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bargain price[/bold] wrote: It such sad news and before people start saying about speed let think about the poor people and their families RIP[/p][/quote]It appears you were the only person considering speed. My condolences to the family at this sad time[/p][/quote]No just getting there before other's and the parish council saying about the 40 mph . The main thing is that we remember the ones that are hurt and the family bargain price
  • Score: 6

11:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mumsnuffkn says...

So heartbreakingly sad, my thoughts and prayers go out to their familes.
So heartbreakingly sad, my thoughts and prayers go out to their familes. mumsnuffkn
  • Score: 1

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