An elderly man was taken to hospital after suffering a ‘medical episode’ and crashing into a fence near a Weymouth school.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Wyke Regis Infant School on the corner of Shrubbery Lane and Portland Road just after 4.30pm on Wednesday.

According to a report by the fire service the driver, an elderly man, had driven over the roundabout and hit the fence on Portland Road. Initial reports said the car had hit the school gates.

Police said the car involved was a red Citroen Picasso registered to a man from Portland.

Firefighters had to cut the man free from his car as the door of his vehicle became wedged shut following the crash.

Police, paramedics and two crews of firefighters were all involved in the recovery operation.

A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two crews from Weymouth attended and extricated the man once paramedics had said it was safe to do so.”

Paramedics attended with one ambulance and a rapid response vehicle. They treated the man who had suffered minor injuries, and he was taken to Dorset County Hospital.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “One man was taken to hospital having suffered what was believed to be a medical episode, his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

“The local authority was also contacted in relation to the damage caused and possible fuel on the road.” No one else was injured in the incident.

There was heavy traffic in the area following the crash which happened during the busy rush hour period.

The vehicle was recovered just before 6.30pm.