Dorset

Fire engine fatal crash 'had blue lights and siren on'

Ally Mullany and floral tributes
Image caption Mrs Mullany had been head teacher at the school since joining in 2008

A fire engine had its blue lights and siren activated when it was involved in a fatal crash with a car in Dorset, an inquest has heard.

Head teacher, Ally Mullany of Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, died on the B3075, near Wareham, on Sunday.

The inquest heard the fire engine was on an emergency call to a fatal accident on the A35 near Bere Regis.

Robert Taylor, 66, from Bournemouth died when his car left the road and hit a tree at Morden Park Corner.

The fire engine was in collision with Mrs Mullany's car, at about 08:10 BST.

She died of severe head injuries.

Two children who were passengers in her red mini suffered serious injuries in the crash and were taken to Southampton General Hospital by Air Ambulance.

The married mother of four was head teacher of St Joseph's Catholic Combined School in Poole.

Floral tributes have been laid at the gates of the school which closed on Monday as a mark of respect.

The inquest was opened and adjourned at Stafford Road Coroner's Court in Bournemouth.

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