Man suffers ‘life-threatening injuries’ in crash near Dorchester

A MAN in his 20s suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash near Dorchester on Wednesday morning (May 24).

The incident, involving a blue Land Rover Discovery and a Royal Mail van, happened on Westleaze, near Charminster, at around 7.15am.

The driver of the Land Rover, a local man in his 20s, was taken to hospital by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

The male driver of the van was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the road was closed to enable emergency services to safely attend the scene.

Police Sergeant Gareth Thomas, of the Roads Policing Team, said officers were now keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or has dashcam footage.

“An investigation is underway and I would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or manner of driving of either vehicle in the moments leading up to it, to please get in touch,” he said.

“Also, I would ask motorists who were travelling in the area with a dashcam fitted to their vehicle to please check for any footage to help my enquiries.

“Finally, I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via, by email to or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55230079490.

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