Boy, 9, killed and woman arrested on suspicion of murder after A354 crash

A NINE-year-old boy has tragically died and a woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a crash in North Dorset.

The incident happened on the A354 Salisbury Road, East Woodyates, at around 5.20pm on Monday (March 25).

Police said the crash involved a grey Citroen DS9, a white Ford Transit van and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer.

The child, from Hampshire, was a passenger in the Citroen. His family has been informed of his sad death, police said.

The driver of the Citroen – a woman aged in her 30s from Hampshire – has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a driving offence.

She was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries and remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Third, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the loved ones of the young boy during this very difficult time.

“A number of initial lines of enquiry have been carried out and detectives are now undertaking an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I would ask any witnesses who have not already spoken to police, or anyone who may have captured relevant dashcam footage, to please come forward.

“Also, I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident.

“A detailed scene examination was carried out overnight and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during the road closure.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via, or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55240044571.

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