A MOTORCYCLIST was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash on Friday.

Emergency services were called around 1.30pm to reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and a car on Sandford Road.

The male motorcyclist sustained serious injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital by air ambulance.

The driver and passengers of the gold Volvo car involved in the incident suffered minor injuries and were also taken to hospital.

Both vehicles are registered locally.

Sergeant Lee Savage, of Dorset Police's traffic unit at Poole, said: "There was a two vehicle serious injury collision.

"The motorcyclist, who is a local man, was taken to Southampton Hospital with serious injuries.

"The car driver and passengers sustained minor injuries and have also gone to hospital.

"Enquiries are on-going and any witnesses to the collision should contact myself at the Poole traffic uni quoting incident number 298."

Sandford Road was closed between Morden Road and Blackhill Road to allow officers to investigate the scene and for the protection of emergency services while they dealt with casualties.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

Traffic built up on roads around Sandford due to the closure.

The road re-opened shortly after 3.30pm and the vehicles were recovered from the scene.

Work had been taking place in Sandford Road to repair a water main that had burst earlier this month.