Southport man dies in Dorset coach crash

A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a coach in Dorset.

The collision took place near Bloxworth at about 03:00 BST on Saturday, not far from Morden Park Corner.

Part of the A35 was closed for eight hours as police carried out investigations where the 24-year-old man from Southport, Merseyside, died.

The Excelsior Coaches-owned vehicle was en-route to Weymouth to collect passengers, and was empty at the time of the crash.

A Dorset Police spokesman said the driver, a 55-year-old man from Bournemouth, was uninjured.

"The pedestrian was walking towards the Bere Regis direction when he was struck by a Volvo single-decker coach, coloured cream, being driven in the same direction," he said.

"As a result of the collision the pedestrian sustained fatal head injuries and sadly died at the scene."

The road was closed between Morden Park Corner and the Woodbury crossroads during "thorough" examinations of the vehicle and scene.

Dorset Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward.

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