THREE people were taken to hospital following a four-car collision on the A35 in Morcombelake.

The incident happened shortly after 2.30pm this afternoon, between Morcombelake and Charmouth resulting in three people being taken to hospital after suffering neck and back injuries.

It is believed the injuries are not life threatening.

The road was closed in both directions causing long tailbacks and the road has been closed by police as they wait for the .

A spokesman for the South West Ambulance Service said: “We were called to a four car road traffic collision at 2.41pm today.

“Four cars were involved in the collision and three casualties were taken to hospital complaining of neck and back injuries.

“Two of them were taken by land ambulance to Dorset County Hospital, and a female casualty was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”

The vehicles involved were a blue Ford Fiesta, registered in Uplyme, a green Mazda Motor-Caravan registered to an address in Brighton, a silver Vauxhall Vectra registered to Lyme Regis and a black Skoda Yeti registered to Honiton.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “We were called at 2.55pm to a road traffic collision on the A35 in Morcombelake.

“As of 4pm, the road was still closed as police were awaiting the recovery vehicles to remove the cars. This has caused long tailbacks in both directions.

“The injuries to the three people taken to hospital are not serious.”

The road was reopened shortly before 5pm.