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4 in hospital, A35 in Dorset closed after bike accident

Four people have been injured after a collision on the A35 in Dorset. The A35 is closed in both directions at Puddletown near Dorchester after an accident involving three motorbikes.

It happened on the westbound carriageway between Yellowham Hill and Puddletown. There is queueing traffic while police carry out their accident investigation work between A354 (Puddletown / Blandford turn off) and Cuckoo Lane (Troy town turn off).

The accident happened just 1.30pm. Two air ambulances and the NPAS police helicopter were called to the scene. Two of the injured people - a man and a teenage girl were taken to the Southampton General Hospital. Two men have been taken to Dorset County Hospital.

Dorset Police say the road is likely to be shut into the evening for clean up and investigation work. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place from Bere Regis to Wool, the A352 Wareham Road to Dorchester.

TRAVEL - ROADS: HAMPSHIRE Totton By-Pass closed Westbound - lorry hit a footbridge

There is queueing traffic on the A35 Totton By-Pass after a lorry towing a forklift struck a footbridge. The road is closed westbound between the A36 Commercial Road and A326 Marchwood By-Pass (Rushington Roundabout).

There's congestion to the M271 / A33 Redbridge Road / Gover Road (Redbridge Flyover).

Traffic can travel over the Redbridge Causeway, but, it is forced to exit onto the A36 Commercial Road towards Totton town centre.


Funeral for head teacher killed in crash

Flowers were left at St Joseph's to pay tribute to head teacher Ally Mullany Credit: ITV News Meridian

The funeral is due to take place today of a Dorset head teacher killed in a car crash. Ally Mullany was travelling on the B3075 near Wareham when she was involved in a collision with a fire engine, which had been called to the scene of another fatal accident.

Mrs Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combined School at Parkstone.

Mourning pupils return to school today

Children at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole yesterday. Credit: Sarah Cooper

Pupils in Dorset will return to school today after their head teacher was killed in a road accident with a fire engine.

Ally Mullany has been described as "inspirational, positive and determined", having started her role at St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, in April 2008.

She died in the head-on crash on Sunday morning, half a mile from where a man was also killed after his car struck a tree earlier that day.

The fire engine was making its way to the first emergency when the second crash occurred, Dorset Police said.

The school was closed yesterday, yet many children arrived with flowers for their former head teacher.


  1. Sarah Cooper

Pupils, parents and staff mourn headteacher killed in car crash

Pupils and parents have been mourning the death of their headteacher in a car crash.

Ally Mullany was in charge of St Joseph's Catholic Combine School in the Parkstone area of Poole in Dorset. She died when her car and a fire engine collided on Sunday 13 April.

The fire engine had been on its way to the scene of an earlier fatal crash nearby. Sarah Cooper reports.

Headteacher killed: Dorset Fire statement

Dorset Fire and Rescue has issued a statement after one of its engines was involved in a crash which killed headteacher Ally Mullany.

Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: “Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to an RTC near Morden Park Corner on the A35.

“Whilst responding to this incident, a fire appliance collided with a car.

"Two occupants of this vehicle were taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. We understand that sadly, the third occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those involved in this tragic incident.

“Dorset Police will be conducting a full investigation into this incident and we will assist them wherever we can.

"As this matter is under police investigation, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

  1. Sarah Cooper

Tributes to headteacher killed in car crash

Children at a school in Dorset have been paying tribute to their headteacher who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.

St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole, has been closed for the day as a mark of respect for Ally Mullany - who died on the morning of Sunday 14 April. A steady stream of children and their parents have been laying down flowers at the school in tribute to her.

Sarah Cooper sent this report from the school. Her interviewees aree Hugh Fogarty, Chairman of Governors, and Angela Maddley, one of the school parents.

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