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Beaminster death woman 'had everything'

An inquest into the deaths of a couple in a landslide at the Beaminster Tunnel has heard of atrocious driving conditions on the night they died.

Patricia Roberts described how she was driving towards the tunnel following a car that was some distance ahead.

As she passed into the tunnel she found the exit blocked by mud and trees.

George Close, driving the car behind, has described how quickly a waterfall of brown muddy water turned into a torrent of mud and trees.

Rosemary Snell, 67, from Misterton and Michael Rolfe, 72, from Fivehead near Taunton were both killed. Their bodies were discovered 9 days later.

The inquest heard that Ms Snell thought she'd met her soulmate in Mr Rolfe. One friend said 'she had everything'.

Beaminster Tunnel inquest opens

The inquest is due to open into the deaths of a couple killed in the Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were caught in a landslide while driving home to Somerset after an evening out in July 2012. Their bodies weren't found for ten days.

The hearing, at County Hall in Dorchester, is expected to last two days.

Rosemary Snell & Michael Rolfe died in the Beaminster Tunnel in July 2012. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Beaminster Tunnel inquest opens

The inquest has opened into the deaths of a couple killed in the Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were caught in a landslide while driving home to Somerset after an evening out in July 2012.

Their bodies weren't found for ten days. The hearing, at County Hall in Dorchester, is expected to last two days.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe died in Beaminster Tunnel in July 2012. Credit: ITV News West Country

FULL REPORT: Beaminster Tunnel re-opens

A road tunnel has finally re-opened after two people from Somerset died in a landslide at its entrance. Michael Rolfe was driving through the tunnel with his friend Rosemary Snell when their car was buried under hundreds of tonnes of mud. Their bodies were discovered a week later.

That was over a year ago, and since then, the land above the tunnel near Beaminster in Dorset has been stabilised at a cost of more than £2 million. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Beaminster tunnel reopens

Beaminster Tunnel reopens this morning. Credit: ITV News West Country

Beaminster Tunnel in Dorset reopens to traffic this morning.

It's been closed for more than a year after two pensioners from Somerset were crushed and killed in their car there following a landslip.

Work has included stabilising the ground by using a thousand 12 metre long nails.

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Beaminster Tunnel to re-open

The Beaminster Tunnel, closed since July last year following a landslide which claimed the lives of two people, is to be re-opened.

Dorest County Council are scheduling to open up the road to traffic at 10am on Monday 29 July.

Further building work will continue beyond this date and temporary traffic signals may be used at non peak-times.

It has been a frustrating year, but, now, we can get on as before, bearing in mind this was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with those family and friends of those who sadly died last year.

– Rebecca Knox, local county councillor

Beaminster Tunnel closed for over a year now

The Beaminster Tunnel has been closed for over a year now Credit: ITV News West Country

The Beaminster Tunnel has now been closed for more than a year, after a landslide which killed a couple from Somerset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were driving home after an evening out on the 7th July when their car was crushed. Their bodies weren't found for ten days. Work has been taking place to stabilise the site but the road is likely to stay shut until the end of the month at least.

Beaminster Tunnel closed for over a year

The Beaminster Tunnel has been closed for over a year now Credit: ITV News West Country

The Beaminster Tunnel has now been closed for more than a year, after a landslide which killed a couple from Somerset.

Rosemary Snell and Michael Rolfe were driving home after an evening out on the 7th July when their car was crushed. Their bodies weren't found for ten days. Work has been taking place to stabilise the site but the road is likely to stay shut until the end of the month at least.

Full report: Repairs to Beaminster tunnel continue

Rotten weather and difficult conditions have slowed work to stabilise land around the Beaminster tunnel in Dorset. It's been closed for nearly a year after two pensioners from Somerset were crushed and killed in their car there last July.

The road is now unlikely to re-open before the end of next month.

Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has been following the progress.

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