A three-year-old boy has died after a crash with an articulated lorry in Wareham.

Police were called to reports of a crash in North Street, Wareham at 8.43am on Thursday.

The collision involved a white articulated Sainsbury's lorry.

The boy was crossing the road with his family at the pedestrian crossing when the collision took place.

The boy was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The coroner has been notified.

North Street remains closed between the junction with West Street and the roundabout at the junction with the A351 while collision investigators examine the scene.

The closure is expected to remain in place for some time.

A 43-year-old man from Basingstoke has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the traffic unit, said: “Very sadly I can confirm that a three-year-old boy has died today following a collision. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy.

“A full investigation is underway into the circumstances of the collision and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the manner of driving of the lorry immediately before to please come forward.

“I am also keen to hear from any motorists who were travelling along North Street at the relevant time and have dashcam fitted in their vehicles.”

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene.

The air ambulance also landed nearby.