Van drove off the road and hit a tree near Shaftesbury

Police in East Knighton where car crashed with deer

A Ford Transit tipper truck was driving on the B3091 between Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury when the vehicle left the road and collided with a tree near Hartgrove.

Police were called to the incident at 4.57pm, yesterday (22nd July).

The driver, who is a man from the area and aged 30, sustained serious injuries. Upon the arrival of the emergency services, the Air Ambulance was called and he was transported to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

Two passengers had minor injuries and were treated by paramedics.

Dorset Police closed the road to allow the situation to be dealt with, before reopening at 9:15pm.

We are carrying out an investigation to establish the circumstances of this collision and I am appealing for any witnesses to please come forward.

I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage for anything relevant.

Finally, I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure, which was necessary to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident and for a detailed examination of the scene to take place.

Sergeant Lee Savage, Dorset Police

No further information is known about what state the driver was in before the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 22:364. Alternatively, or alternatively to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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