Police appeal after fatal crash on Portland


OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal collision on Portland.

At around 4.55pm on, Tuesday, March 14th, a serious collision occurred in New Road involving a single-decker First Bus, a white Citroen Relay Luton van registered to a company from Dorchester and a blue Alfa Romeo registered to a man from Portland.

The driver of the bus – a 59-year-old man named by his family as James Patrick Spelman – was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and the coroner notified.

There were four passengers on board the bus at the time of the collision. One sustained a minor injury.

The van driver sustained minor injuries and the Alfa Romeo driver was uninjured.

The air ambulance landed nearby to assist.

Officers closed the road at the junction with High Street and Yeates Roundabout while the emergency services dealt with the incident. It reopened just after 8.15pm.

Police Constable Jason Green, of the traffic unit, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to please contact Dorset Police.

“The road was completely blocked following the incident and I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding while emergency services dealt with the scene.”

The family of Mr Spelman has today, Wednesday, March 15th, issued the following statement: “James was a very well-known figure in Weymouth and Portland and we are very grateful for all the well wishes and support from the community.

“We would request absolute privacy at this extremely difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 14:310. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Chard & Ilminster Reporter | After studying for his NCTJ in Bournemouth, Peter started with the paper in June 2015 on a freelance basis, now permanently based in East Devon covering community and council news.