Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision near Bere Regis.

At 5.49pm on Monday 11 December 2023, Dorset Police received a report of a single-vehicle collision on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston.

Officers and the ambulance service attended, but very sadly, the driver of a white Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van – a man in his 50s and from Camarthenshire in Wales – was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and the coroner was notified.

The road was closed while emergency services attended the scene and reopened at around 9pm.

Police Constable Paul Wilson, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who tragically died in this collision.

“We are investigating the circumstances of the incident to establish what exactly happened. It appears that the van was travelling from the direction of Bere Regis toward Corfe Mullen when it came off the road.

“I am appealing for any witnesses to the collision who have not already spoken to police to please come forward.

“Also, I would urge anyone who was driving on the relevant stretch of the A31 during the time leading up to the incident to please review any available dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything that could help our enquiries.

“Finally, I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the road closures were in place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230194336. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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