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Couple in Hospital after their Car Crashes and Lands in River near Dorchester

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Published at 7:41am 30th April 2012.

An elderly couple are in Hospital after their car crashed through a bridge railing and fell into a river near Dorchester.

The accident happened just before 9pm last night (Sunday 29th April) close to Frome Farm in West Stafford.

The Renault Clio driven by a 78 year old male, with his 76 year old wife in the passenger seat, crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with a Volkswagen Polo driven by a 56 year old local woman, before smashing through a fence and falling 12 feet into the river.

The car was left submerged in the cold water on its roof for 30 minutes before Fire-fighters and paramedics managed rescue them.

Although it's not thought either sustained any serious injuries, the man was carried out on a spine board. The lady was able to walk to ambulance crews and both were taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.

The female driver of the VW Polo was left very shaken but unharmed.

Dorset Police has thanked a local resident who attended the scene as soon as the accident happened. The person entered the cold river, offering reassurance to the trapped couple before emergency services arrived.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, Jason Rogers, said: "The couple obviously lost control of the vehicle as conditions are poor this evening".

A Police investigation is underway to find out exactly what happened.

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