The driver of a van that crashed on the A35 on Monday morning (July 8) was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Axminster Fire Station attended after a call from the police reporting a vehicle on fire following an RTC on the A35 at Raymonds Hill.

A crew from Axminster and Charmouth attended and once on scene crews quickly confirmed the vehicle was not on fire but had collided with a Telecoms Pole and a Tree. The driver had managed to self extricate.

An off-duty paramedic was on scene before the fire service and was rendering first aid to the casualty in a nearby house.

Axminster Fire Station said: "Crews then set about making the vehicle safe by disconnecting the battery in the vehicle to prevent any escalation of the incident.

"Crews requested British Telecoms to attend and assess the scene as 1 x Telecoms Pole had been completely broken bringing down the lines."

Once the scene was safe, crews set up traffic management to keep 1 Lane of the A35 open.

A spokesman added: "After the Police had arrived and took over traffic management duties our crew completed a handover form and left the scene with the Police who had requested highways and recovery of the vehicle.

the road re-opened at around 2pm, after BT made the scene safe and recovery was issued for the van.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were called at 6.50am today to Raymonds Hill, following a report of a lorry in collision with a power line.

"The vehicle is off the road and the lane from Dorset is currently closed as the pole is obstructing the road and needs to be made safe.

"The driver of the lorry has sustained injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening or changing."