Two teenagers have died after a car they were travelling in crashed in Western Australia’s South West on Saturday night, taking the state’s weekend road toll to five.
- Two 17-year-olds died in a crash on a rural lane south of Perth
- Another 17-year-old and a 10-year-old were injured in the crash
- It marked the third fatal crash in WA at the weekend
Police said the car was travelling along Brownes Road, in Coolup — a rural lane about 100 kilometres south of Perth — at about 8:00pm when it left the road and rolled several times.
The 17-year-old female driver and a 17-year-old male passenger both died at the scene.
Two other passengers were injured.
The state’s two rescue helicopters were sent to the crash scene, with one transporting a 17-year-old boy to Royal Perth Hospital and the other a 10-year-old boy to Perth Children’s Hospital
The 17-year-old boy was in a serious but stable condition on Sunday morning, while the 10-year-old boy was listed as stable.
All of the people in the car were known to each other and were locals.
In a statement, WA Police asked anyone who witnessed the crash — or saw the Holden Commodore in the lead-up to the accident — to come forward.
Police are also investigating a fatal hit and run crash on Mandurah Road in Golden Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning.
A 37-year-old Rockingham man was found dead lying in the northbound lane, just north of the Dampier Drive traffic lights at about 2:45am.
Weekend began with double fatality
The two crashes come after two women died and three people were seriously injured in a crash on WA’s notorious Bussell Highway on Friday afternoon.
A 54-year-old Bunbury man has since been charged in relation to that incident.
He will face court charged with counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
Another double fatality on same section of Bussell Highway claimed the lives of husband and wife Jim and Sabine Mather earlier this month.
Construction work to widen the busy road to two lanes in each direction began in September.
School leavers urged to drive carefully
Deputy Police Commissioner Col Blanch called on people to be careful on the roads, especially as teenagers flock to the South West for leavers celebrations this week.
“We’ve had a tough year, we’ve all had a tough year — obviously better than other states — but certainly it’s still been a tough year,” he said.
“People will be out there, trying to get out and enjoy the summer in WA.
“No-one needs to be in a hurry. You don’t need to overtake people.
“Pay attention to the roads. You’ve got to really pay attention to what’s going on.
“Families themselves are horribly affected [by crashes] for years.
“I can only implore people: Just really pay attention on the road because it’s tragic what’s happened here in WA.”