UPDATE: Two women with serious injuries in hospital after five-car crash

Woman airlifted to hospital after five-car smash in Dorchester

Woman airlifted to hospital after five-car smash in Dorchester

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A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital following a five-car smash in Dorchester.

The crash happened at 4.22pm yesterday afternoon on the A354 Ridgeway Hill near Winterborne Monkton on a horrific day on the roads in South and West Dorset.

A total of 11 people were injured in three separate accidents involving 10 vehicles.

Two women are still in hospital after suffering serious injuries in the crash on the A354.

Dorset Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crashes, specifically the one on the A354.

Firefighters had to cut the woman out of the damaged car before she was airlifted to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

A further five casualties from the three crashes were rushed to Dorset County Hospital by four land ambulances.

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said they had ‘serious but not life threatening injuries’.

And a spokesman for Dorset Police said all of the cars involved in the smash were registered to local residents.

Police closed the road for several hours from the Football Ground roundabout in Dorchester to the Jurassic roun-dabout in Weymouth.

One eyewitness said emergency crews were on the scene quickly and long queues of traffic formed.

He said: “There was police tape across the road and when I was there.

“It looked like they were cutting someone out of a car.

“The road was totally blocked in both directions. It was mayhem. A police car was blocking the road at the Winterborne Herringston Junction to stop the traffic.”

The eyewitness added: “Police were allowing cars to go along the minor road through Upwey, along by Maiden Castle and going to Weymouth to clear the section of road but the minor roads soon became blocked as well.”

A Dorset Police spokesman confirmed two people were still in hospital after the crash, although it is not known if the injuries suffered are life threatening.

She said: “Two people from the crash are still in hospital suffering from serious injuries following the crash.

“One of them is a 34-year-old woman from Somerset who was driving in one of the cars, and the other is a 69-year-old passenger from one of the cars who was also from Somerset.

“It is not yet known how serious the injuries are.”

Police Inspector Matt Butler praised the public for their patience during the crash and the resulting traffic gridlock, and has issued an appeal for witnesses of the crash to come forward.

Insp Butler said: "We are aware that the road closure was causing congestion and we were grateful for the public's patience.

“We are now appealing for witnesses of the crash, or anyone who may have seen any of the five vehicles travelling before the crash to contact police on 101.”

Traffic ground to a halt around Dorchester and Weymouth after another four-car crash happened at exactly the same time at the Monkey’s Jump roundabout.

Four cars, three registered to residents of Dorchester and Bridport and one from Middlesex, were in collision on the westbound carriageway heading towards Bridport.

Three people were taken by land ambulance to Dorset County Hospital and a further casualty was treated at the roadside. The injuries are not thought to be serious, according to officers.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “The collision involved a grey Ford S-Max, registered to a man from Middlesex, a black Nissan X-Trail registered to a man from Dorchester, a Citroen silver van registered to a company from Dorchester and a blue Vauxhall Meriva registered to a woman from Bridport.”

The crash partially blocked the road as the cars were moved to the side of the road to await recovery.

The A354 Ridgeway Hill was closed for hours following the smash, and motorists were diverted to Max Gate and via the A352 and A353 to Osmington.

To add to the traffic chaos, a broken down car on Littlemoor Road by the Coombe Valley Road junction also partially blocked the road, causing further tailbacks.

Earlier in the day, a young woman was taken to hospital after a car and a pedestrian collided with each other on a pedestrian crossing in Chideock.

The collision happened at 2.16pm and the A35 was closed from Bridport to Charmouth for nearly an hour as authorities dealt with the incident, leading to long tailbacks in both directions towards Charmouth and Bridport on what is the main route that connects West Dorset and East Devon.

The woman was taken to Dorset County Hospital after suffering from head and back injuries, a spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said.

Commuters on local bus services were also hit by the delays, with all local bus companies cancelling, diverting or delaying their services as they took revised routes.

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8:34am Fri 29 Aug 14

terra firma says...

Yet another accident closing the A354. Where will this madness end?

While wishing the injured a speedy recovery I'm totally puzzled s to why a helicopter was used to take her the short distance to Dorchester Hospital. Surely it would have been quicker by ambulance? That's to say nothing of the trauma of being loaded into and out of the 'copter.
Yet another accident closing the A354. Where will this madness end? While wishing the injured a speedy recovery I'm totally puzzled s to why a helicopter was used to take her the short distance to Dorchester Hospital. Surely it would have been quicker by ambulance? That's to say nothing of the trauma of being loaded into and out of the 'copter. terra firma
  • Score: -3

9:02am Fri 29 Aug 14

Monkton2 says...

I read that they originally planned to airlift her to Southampton, so I expect that is why the air ambulance was used. Otherwise you're right , it was a bit strange.
I read that they originally planned to airlift her to Southampton, so I expect that is why the air ambulance was used. Otherwise you're right , it was a bit strange. Monkton2
  • Score: 13

9:08am Fri 29 Aug 14

Dorset Mitch says...

I am guessing (just a guess) that the St Johns Ambulance seen in the back ground of the image cannot take passengers on blue lights to hospital? Also the air ambulance crew will be better trained in major truma and it might of been decieded to fly her to Dorc where she can be stabilised and then if needed off to Southampton or Bristol for the major truma care.
I am guessing (just a guess) that the St Johns Ambulance seen in the back ground of the image cannot take passengers on blue lights to hospital? Also the air ambulance crew will be better trained in major truma and it might of been decieded to fly her to Dorc where she can be stabilised and then if needed off to Southampton or Bristol for the major truma care. Dorset Mitch
  • Score: 5

11:57am Fri 29 Aug 14

Toby Le Rone says...

Well done to all the emergency services and staff at DCH involved in dealing with these unfortunate events!
Considering the bad timing of two multiple vehicle collisions (possibly during the busiet week of the summer season), the limited choice of roads to create diversions and the limited numbers of emergency service personel I feel that everybody involved deserves a MASSIVE pat on the back and a drink of their choice!
Well done to all the emergency services and staff at DCH involved in dealing with these unfortunate events! Considering the bad timing of two multiple vehicle collisions (possibly during the busiet week of the summer season), the limited choice of roads to create diversions and the limited numbers of emergency service personel I feel that everybody involved deserves a MASSIVE pat on the back and a drink of their choice! Toby Le Rone
  • Score: 31

12:49pm Fri 29 Aug 14

February1948 says...

Dorset Mitch wrote:
I am guessing (just a guess) that the St Johns Ambulance seen in the back ground of the image cannot take passengers on blue lights to hospital? Also the air ambulance crew will be better trained in major truma and it might of been decieded to fly her to Dorc where she can be stabilised and then if needed off to Southampton or Bristol for the major truma care.
I believe that the St John Ambulance crews can use blue lights but only when they have received the highest level of ambulance training and emergency driving otherwise they call in SWAST. Whilst writing THANK YOU to all the St John volunteers for all they do for no pay and in all weathers! Hope they are surviving the mud bath that is currently the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Mitch[/bold] wrote: I am guessing (just a guess) that the St Johns Ambulance seen in the back ground of the image cannot take passengers on blue lights to hospital? Also the air ambulance crew will be better trained in major truma and it might of been decieded to fly her to Dorc where she can be stabilised and then if needed off to Southampton or Bristol for the major truma care.[/p][/quote]I believe that the St John Ambulance crews can use blue lights but only when they have received the highest level of ambulance training and emergency driving otherwise they call in SWAST. Whilst writing THANK YOU to all the St John volunteers for all they do for no pay and in all weathers! Hope they are surviving the mud bath that is currently the Great Dorset Steam Fair. February1948
  • Score: 13

1:54pm Fri 29 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind.
Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -14

3:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low.

Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close.
The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low. Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close. Get a grip
  • Score: 32

6:14pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Noidear says...

Get a grip wrote:
The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low.

Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close.
Yes , it amazing how many can even keep there cars between the white lines. Trouble is when the police try and clamp down there accused of doing for the money . Hope all involved recover quickly.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low. Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close.[/p][/quote]Yes , it amazing how many can even keep there cars between the white lines. Trouble is when the police try and clamp down there accused of doing for the money . Hope all involved recover quickly. Noidear
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Fri 29 Aug 14

islelander says...

Get a grip wrote:
The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low.

Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close.
There is nothing wrong with our roads or speed limits, it's all down to **** right bad driving, if you lowered the speed limit to 50, some idiots would still drive at 60 - 70 mph, there are some drivers who have no manner and think they own the road regardless of the conditions, and if this comment upsets some people maybe you should take a long hard look at your driving. Maybe a few more unmarked police cars on the roads would sort a few out.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The standard of driving around Weymouth and Dorchester is very low. Jumping lights, not knowing about giving way, driving too fast and too close.[/p][/quote]There is nothing wrong with our roads or speed limits, it's all down to **** right bad driving, if you lowered the speed limit to 50, some idiots would still drive at 60 - 70 mph, there are some drivers who have no manner and think they own the road regardless of the conditions, and if this comment upsets some people maybe you should take a long hard look at your driving. Maybe a few more unmarked police cars on the roads would sort a few out. islelander
  • Score: 20

7:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind.
-6 vote still doesn't change my mind.
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind.[/p][/quote]-6 vote still doesn't change my mind. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -14

10:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

The man with the badge says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind.
-6 vote still doesn't change my mind.
How would lowering the limit help in your opinion?
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Said it when they opened this road, it needs to be 50mph speed limit. Nothing here to change my mind.[/p][/quote]-6 vote still doesn't change my mind.[/p][/quote]How would lowering the limit help in your opinion? The man with the badge
  • Score: 7

10:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Far too many accidents in and around Dorchester. The road layouts must bear some responsibility in some cases, even when combined with poor driving skills.
Far too many accidents in and around Dorchester. The road layouts must bear some responsibility in some cases, even when combined with poor driving skills. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: -1

11:49pm Fri 29 Aug 14

maximan says...

Yep frustrating to sit in the traffic jam...but so much better than being involved...just want to wish those involved a speedy recovery
Yep frustrating to sit in the traffic jam...but so much better than being involved...just want to wish those involved a speedy recovery maximan
  • Score: 3

12:41am Sat 30 Aug 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

60 people, 60 cars, ZERO accidents. 600 people, 600 cars, one or two accidents. 6,000 people, 6,000 cars, a lot of accidents. 60,000 people, 60,000 cars, accidents several times a day. I think the conclusions here should be self-evident to ANYONE with a functional brain and who is not in denial....
60 people, 60 cars, ZERO accidents. 600 people, 600 cars, one or two accidents. 6,000 people, 6,000 cars, a lot of accidents. 60,000 people, 60,000 cars, accidents several times a day. I think the conclusions here should be self-evident to ANYONE with a functional brain and who is not in denial.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: -6

7:41am Sat 30 Aug 14

average_kinda_guy says...

I rode a motorcycle from Weymouth to Dorchester yesterday, around lunchtime. Traffic seemed very heavy for the time of day. I filtered at a crawl between the two almost stationary lines of cars approaching the Ridgeway (is is still called that?). Then, all of a sudden, near the top of the hill I saw two cars in the right hand lane perform 3 point turns in the face of free-flowing traffic coming over the crest of the hill at speed. I was stuck for words. With driving like that there is no wonder that there are many road traffic collisions on Dorset roads.
I rode a motorcycle from Weymouth to Dorchester yesterday, around lunchtime. Traffic seemed very heavy for the time of day. I filtered at a crawl between the two almost stationary lines of cars approaching the Ridgeway (is is still called that?). Then, all of a sudden, near the top of the hill I saw two cars in the right hand lane perform 3 point turns in the face of free-flowing traffic coming over the crest of the hill at speed. I was stuck for words. With driving like that there is no wonder that there are many road traffic collisions on Dorset roads. average_kinda_guy
  • Score: 13

10:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

caz maz says...

I hope all recover swiftly. If the police want witnesses to come forward about the manner in which the cars involved in the Ridgeway crash maybe they should name the cars involved............
just a thought.
I hope all recover swiftly. If the police want witnesses to come forward about the manner in which the cars involved in the Ridgeway crash maybe they should name the cars involved............ just a thought. caz maz
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Sat 30 Aug 14

lulottie says...

There is nothing wrong with the road layout!!! How hard can it be to drive in a straight line!!
There is nothing wrong with the road layout!!! How hard can it be to drive in a straight line!! lulottie
  • Score: -2

9:49pm Sat 30 Aug 14

CoogarUK.com says...

lulottie wrote:
There is nothing wrong with the road layout!!! How hard can it be to drive in a straight line!!
Logic tells a different story when examining the facts. Many of the collisions seem to occur on or near roundabouts - Tesco/Dorchester FC, Monkey Jump, etc. - or new road layouts - Weymouth relief road, Canford Bottom, etc. Combine that with poor driving skills and the results ar e inevitable..
[quote][p][bold]lulottie[/bold] wrote: There is nothing wrong with the road layout!!! How hard can it be to drive in a straight line!![/p][/quote]Logic tells a different story when examining the facts. Many of the collisions seem to occur on or near roundabouts - Tesco/Dorchester FC, Monkey Jump, etc. - or new road layouts - Weymouth relief road, Canford Bottom, etc. Combine that with poor driving skills and the results ar e inevitable.. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 1
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