MOTORISTS were warned a section of the A35 would remain closed for a 'protracted period' following a crash.

The A35 westbound was closed between the A354, Puddletown, and the B3150, Stinsford, due to a crash involving a lorry and a van.

Highways England warned motorists to plan ahead and use alternative routes.

A spokesman said: "The A35 in Dorset is closed in both directions near Dorchester between the A354 (Puddletown) and the B3150 (Stinsford) following a serious collision involving a lorry and a van.

"Dorset Police are on scene along with paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service, the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Dorset Fire & Rescue are also attending.

"Due to the seriousness of the collision a police investigation will be required and the road will remain closed for a protracted period for this to be carried out and for the vehicles to be recovered and the carriageway to be cleared.

"There is no official diversion route around this section of the A35, therefore road users planning on using this section of road this morning are urged to plan ahead and use alternative routes. Please allow additional time for your journey."

Dorset Police has confirmed the road has now been fully reopened.