Girl, 5, dies after family hit by motorbikes in Weymouth

A354 Weymouth Way
Image caption The girls were crossing the A354 Weymouth Way with their grandmother

A five-year-old girl has died after a collision in Dorset which also injured her grandmother and two sisters.

The girls, aged five, six and 10, were crossing the A354 in Weymouth with their grandmother, 72, on Sunday when they were struck by two motorbikes.

The woman and five-year-old girl were taken by air ambulance to hospital in Southampton. The girl's grandmother remains in a critical condition.

The older girls are in a stable condition in hospital in Dorchester.

'Critical condition'

Dorset Police said the collision happened near the Swannery Bridge.

Insp Matt Butler said the five-year-old girl injured in the collision on the A354 Weymouth Way "died from her injuries".

"Her grandmother remains in a critical condition and her two sisters are in a stable condition," he added.

"The family are being supported by a trained family liaison officer and an investigation team from Dorset Police traffic unit is interviewing witnesses and examining forensic evidence to determine exactly how the collision happened.

"We are very grateful to all of the members of the public who stopped to help at the scene."

The motorcycles were part of a group of three carrying a total of five people from Weymouth.

The riders involved received slight injuries including shock.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to the incident.

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