Motorcyclist, 52, dies following road crash
A 52-year-old motorcyclist has died following a road crash on the A350 near Shaftesbury on Sunday afternoon.
The man, who is thought to be from the Gillingham area, was travelling south along the road when he was involved in a collision with a grey Land Rover travelling north on the A350 near Compton Abbas.
Police received an emergency call to attend the incident at 12.30pm.
The road was closed in both directions between the junction with the A30 Christy's Lane in Shaftesbury and the A357 junction in Stourpaine.
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A diversion was put in place for motorists.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "The motorcyclist was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he sadly later died as a result of the injuries sustained. The man's next of kin have been informed."
The man has not been named by police and an inquest into his death is expected to open today. The road remained closed while the scene was examined by collision investigators and the crime scene investigation unit.
The spokesman added: "Dorset Police would like to thank members of the public who remained patient while the road was closed."
Police are keen to speak to any witnesses who saw either vehicle involved prior to the collision or witnessed the collision itself.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the senior investigating officer, Sergeant Nikki Burt on 101.