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A woman has been charged in connection with a fatal collision in Blandford in which her three-year-old girl died.

At 7.52am on Thursday 24 August 2017 Dorset Police was informed by the ambulance service of the collision between a white Ford Transit van and a silver Vauxhall Astra on the A354 at Thickthorn Cross.

The driver of the Astra – a 34-year-old woman from Shaftesbury – and her three-year-old daughter were flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital. The driver of the van – a 44-year-old woman from Salisbury – was taken to Salisbury District Hospital for treatment.

The three-year-old girl passed away on Friday 25 August 2017.

The drivers of both vehicles were subsequently released from hospital.

The 34-year-old woman from Shaftesbury was charged yesterday, Thursday 7 September 2017, with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit. She appeared before Poole Magistrates’ Court and is next due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Police Sergeant Phil Lee, of the traffic unit, said: ‘I am appealing for any witnesses to this collision who have yet to speak to officers to please contact Dorset Police.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Constable 1970 Kevin Farenden of the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email SCIT@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 24:76.

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