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Man dies after driving into a tree near Poole

Shell Garage Image copyright Google
Image caption The collision happened close to the Shell Garage on Waterloo Road near Poole

The 61-year-old van driver has died after he crossed the central reservation of a dual carriageway near Poole and crashed into a tree.

The man, from Christchurch, suffered serious injuries and died at the scene. His passenger suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Poole Hospital.

Parts of Waterloo Road were closed after the crash at 14:00 GMT on Friday.

The section between Cabot Lane and Darbys Corner roundabout closed for five hours for a police investigation.

Sgt Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: "Sadly the driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his family are being supported by specially trained officers."