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8 May 2016, 07:28
Four people all from Southampton in hospital with serious injuries following A35 collision. Dorset Police say three motorbikes involved on Saturday afternoon.
Four people from Southampton including a 16-year-old girl are in hospital with serious injuries after a collision on the A35 near Dorchester.
Officers say the collision involved a group of three motorbikes on the westbound carriageway around 1pm on Saturday afternoon.
Two air ambulances as well as the police helicopter were called to the scene and the road was closed for hours while emergency services were at the scene.
Here is the latest from Dorset Police
The road closure on the A35 has been lifted and both carriageways are now open.
At around 1.10pm today, Saturday 7 May 2016, a serious injury collision occurred between a number of motorcycles on the westbound carriageway of the A35 between Yellowham Hill and Puddletown.
Four people, all from the Southampton area, were injured. Two air ambulances attended the scene, alongside the NPAS helicopter.
Two of the injured – a 16-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man – were taken to Southampton General Hospital. The girl is said to have suffered life-threatening injuries. The man’s condition is believed to be serious but not life-threatening.
Two men aged 21 and 28 were taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment to serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
Police Sergeant Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or the manner of riding of either of the motorcycles prior to the incident, to please call me on 101.
“The road was closed for a number of hours and I would like to thank motorists for their patience during these closures which were necessary to allow us to establish how the collision occurred.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 7:199. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.