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.