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A354 in Dorset remains closed after motorcyclist dies in crash

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A main road half an hour from the Somerset border remains closed after a fatal crash. Dorset Police have urged motorists to avoid the A354 following this morning’s incident (Sunday, April 21), and police have since confirmed that a motorcyclist was sadly killed in the collision.

The route is closed in both directions at Sixpenny Handley, about half an hour’s drive from Templecombe. Road closures are still in place to allow emergency services to respond and to conduct a detailed investigation of the accident scene, police said.

Dorset Police tweeted this morning: “Road closures are in force as emergency services respond to reports of a serious collision on the A354 near Sixpenny Handley in North Dorset. We are urging motorists to avoid the area if possible and would like to thank them for their assistance. patience and understanding.”

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Inrix first recorded the collision just after 6.30am, reporting: “A354 closed in both directions due to serious accident between the B3081 (Sixpenny Handley) and Millers Lane (Minchington). Likely to be closed until lunch at least.”

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Motorcyclist dies in collision

Sadly, Dorset Police have now confirmed that this morning’s accident was fatal. The full appeal of the force can be found below:

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward as they investigate a fatal road traffic collision near Sixpenny Handley in North Dorset.

Dorset Police received a report of a single vehicle collision involving a gray Kawasaki motorcycle on the A354 between Cashmoor and Handley Cross roundabout at 6.06am on Sunday 21 April 2024.

Emergency services attended and sadly the motorcyclist – a man in his 60s from Dorchester – was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed.

Road closures remain in place to allow emergency services to respond and a detailed investigation of the accident scene.

Sergeant Dave Cotterill, of the Roads Policing Team, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the man who sadly died in this collision and we are carrying out investigations to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“I would urge any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to contact us, and I would also like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area and may have captured relevant dashcam footage.

“Finally, I appreciate that this collision has resulted in the closure of a major road for a significant period of time, and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closures.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, by email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21: 99. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously online at or by calling freephone 0800 555 111.

“Avoid the area,” police say