A DRIVER was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a car crash near Gillingham.

Last night at around 7.15pm Dorset Police officers were called to the incident on the B3092 New Road, involving a purple Mini Cooper convertible with the roof down and a silver Land Rover Discovery.

Police say the driver of the Mini Cooper was a 31-year-old man from Yeovil, and the Land Rover driver was a 42-year-old man from South Wiltshire.

The Mini driver was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

All other people from both vehicles were taken to Yeovil District Hospital as a precaution.

The fire and ambulance services also attended.

Now, the officers investigating the "serious road traffic collision" are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Police Sergeant Sarah Jones, of the traffic unit, said: “We are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances of this collision.

“I am appealing to any witnesses who have not already spoken to us or anyone who may have captured the incident on dashcam to please contact us.

“Finally, I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the road closure is in place.”

If you witnessed the incident or have more information, contact Dorset Police quoting 21:387.