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UPDATED: Four people remain in hospital after fatal A35 crash

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(Updated 7:01am 17th July 2018)


7:53am 15th July 2018

Four people remain in hospital with serious injuries after this weekend's crash near Bere Regis, which killed a Weymouth man.

The crash happened at around 4.40pm on saturday afternoon and involved a BMW, a Land Rover Freelander and a Mercedes.

The driver of the Freelander - a 49-year-old man from Weymouth died at the scene.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The suspect has been released under investigation.

A 59-year-old woman who was travelling in the front passenger seat of the Freelander sustained serious injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the BMW - a 27-year-old man from Bournemouth - sustained serious injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

A 39-year-old Bournemouth man who was travelling in the BMW sustained a life-threatening head injury and was flown by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. A second passenger - a 26-year-old man - sustained serious injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment.

No one in the silver Mercedes was injured.

Due to the number of people injured in the collision, the A35 was closed in both directions between Bere Regis and the Stinsford roundabout to allow the emergency services to land helicopters at the scene and tend to the casualties.

The road was reopened in the early hours of Sunday.

Police Sergeant Fern Graham, of the traffic unit, said: "I would like to thank those witnesses who have already contacted Dorset Police following our appeal.

"I would ask any other witnesses or anyone who was in the area and may have dashcam that could be relevant to our investigation to please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 14:366. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or viawww.crimestoppers-uk.org.



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