A PENSIONER was killed in a collision between a car and a Waitrose lorry on Thursday morning.

The fatal crash took place on the A31 near Bere Regis at around 11am.

Police and ambulance crews attended the scene at the turn-off to Winterborne Kingston.

The collision involved a Waitrose lorry – a green DAF Trucks Lorry – driven by a 63-year-old man from Berkshire and a silver Peugeot driven by a 79-year-old woman from the Shaftesbury area, who died at the scene.

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The driver of the lorry was uninjured.

The A31 reopened before 5pm after it had been closed at the Shell garage in Bere Regis, Red Post and the Roundhouse roundabout to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and to clear the scene.

Traffic was diverted along the A35 and A350.

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Sergeant Craig Tatton, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the woman involved.

“We are carrying out a full investigation to establish the circumstances of this collision.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact us.

“Also, I would like to hear from anyone who may have captured the incident or the manner of driving of the vehicles involved prior to the collision on dashcam.

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“Finally, I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding during the road closures, which are absolutely necessary to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident and to enable a thorough examination of the collision scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:144. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.