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Three-year-old girl left with life-threatening head injury following Dorset car crash

The accident happened on the A354 at Thickton Cross. Photo: Google maps

Three people, including a mother and her three-year-old daughter, have been seriously injured in a collision in Blandford, Dorset.

Police were called at 7.52am this morning, 24 August, when a white Ford Transit van and a silver Vauxhall Astra crashed into each other on the A354 at Thickthorn Cross.

The driver of the Astra, a 34-year-old woman from Shaftesbury, sustained a serious head injury, while her three-year-old daughter sustained a life-threatening head injury. They were both flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

The driver of the van was a 44-year-old woman from Salisbury, who was taken to Salisbury District Hospital for treatment.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to assist with their investigation.

I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the manner of driving of either vehicle immediately prior to the incident to please contact Dorset Police.

In particular, I would like the driver of a Silver Volkswagen Passat estate which negotiated that junction immediately prior to the collision to contact us as they may have information relevant to this investigation.

I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was travelling on the A354 at the relevant time and may have captured the incident on dashcam.

Finally, I appreciate this collision occurred on the first day of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the road closures have caused considerable congestion in the area.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to motorists and residents but I would like reassure them that the closures were absolutely necessary to allow us to tend to the injured and investigate this collision thoroughly.”

– Police Sergeant Phil Lee, Traffic Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Constable 1970 Kevin Farenden of the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Dorset Police at, or by emailing or calling 101, quoting incident number 24:76.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or on the website