Dorset

Man 'critical' after lorry hits Lyme Regis hotel

The Royal Mail and hotel damage
Image caption Police cordoned off the scene as crews rescued the men

A pedestrian who was seriously injured when a Royal Mail lorry crashed into the front of a Dorset hotel remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police were called to the Mariners Hotel in Lyme Regis on Friday morning.

The lorry was involved in a collision with a car towing a trailer and then hit the male pedestrian, 38, before crashing into the hotel.

The man, from the Seychelles, was flown to hospital, along with the Bournemouth lorry driver, 40, who was discharged.

The pedestrian, who suffered a serious leg injury, is being treated at a hospital in Exeter.

A third man, working inside the hotel as a porter, was treated for minor facial injuries, but did not require hospital treatment, police said.

The hotel's owner, Jerry Ramsdale travelled to the hotel from his home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, when he heard about the incident.

He said the hotel would close over the weekend so "the damage to the building" could be "assessed".

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said there was significant structural damage to the hotel.

A spokesman for Royal Mail confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved in the accident and its driver had been taken to hospital.

"The full detail and circumstances are a matter for the police and we will co-operate fully with them in any future investigation," the spokesman said.

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