A MOTORCYCLIST was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a car.

Dorset Police received a report at 10.34am in relation to a collision on the B3157 Coast Road, near to the turning to Grove Lane between Portesham and Chickerell. The collision involved a red Seat Ibiza and a white Yamaha motorcycle.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service, and the motorcyclist – a man aged in his 40s from Weymouth – was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries. His family has been informed.

The driver of the Seat was uninjured.

Road closures have been put in place to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident and for investigation work to be carried out at the scene.

Sergeant Dave Cotterill, of the traffic unit, said: “We are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this collision and I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please come forward.

“I would also ask anyone who may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam footage to please get in touch.

“Finally, I want to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the road closures are in place. These are necessary to allow emergency services personnel to respond to the incident and for a detailed examination of the collision scene to be carried out.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 24:223. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.