young man has been killed after his car collided with a fallen tree that was felled under stormy conditions.
The victim, in his 20s, in a silver Vauxhall Astra was forced off a dual carriageway at 05.45 on Sunday near Monkton Wyld in Dorset.
Officers attended along with the fire and ambulance services, and very sadly, one of the passengers in the vehicle – a man in his 20s from Plymouth, Devon – was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family has been notified.
Another man in his 30s and from London was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The A35 was closed for about seven hours.
Sgt Rhys Griffiths, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts go to the family of the man who sadly died and we owe it to them to carry out a full investigation into the circumstances of this collision.
“I would like to ask all witnesses to the way to drive the silver Astra before the collision to contact us. From our inquiries we understand that the vehicle was driven west from Bridport along the A35 and has distinctive Isle of Man number plates.
“I’m also eager to hear from someone who was driving on the A35 between Lyme Regis and Raymond’s Hill from around 5:30 to 6:00 in the morning the collision, which has dashcam footage of their trip as it may help our investigation.
“In the end, I appreciate that this collision resulted in the closure of a major route for an extended period of time, and I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding.
“The closure is absolutely necessary to allow the emergency services to respond to the incident and to conduct an investigation of the site.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email email@example.com or by calling 101 stating incident number 31: 203. Alternatively, to remain 100 percent anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call toll-free on 0800 555 111.