Two arrested after pedestrian killed in crash near Compton Abbas

A PEDESTRIAN in his 60s died after a crash involving two cars – with two people arrested.

The incident happened on the A350 Main Road, near Compton Abbas, at around 7.46pm.

It involved a silver Audi TT Quattro, a grey BMW 218I and the pedestrian.

“Emergency services attended and very sadly the pedestrian – a man aged in his 60s from Warminster – was pronounced dead at the scene,” said a Dorset Police spokesperson.

“His family has been informed.”

A passenger from the Audi – a man in his 20s – was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that were not believed to be serious.

A 19-year-old man from Shaftesbury and a man in his 20s from Mere have been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.

Road closures were put in place as the emergency services responded to the incident and these remain in place as an examination of the collision scene is carried out.

Sergeant Mike Burt, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and the loved ones of the man who very sadly died in this collision.

“We are carrying out a full investigation to establish the circumstances of the collision and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone with relevant dashcam footage, to please make contact with us.

“I would also like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding during the road closures. These are absolutely necessary to allow for a thorough examination of the collision scene to be conducted.”

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Dorset Police via, by email at, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240085160. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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