Two women have died and a man is fighting for life after a horrific three car crash on a notorious highway renowned as ‘Australia’s most dangerous’.
A Toyota Hilux collided with a blue Mitsubishi Lancer and a fuel tanker along Bussell Highway at Ludlow, in south-west Western Australia, at 3.45pm on Friday.
The 58-year-old woman driver of the Mitsubishi and her 51-year-old passenger died at the scene.
The Hilux driver, 50, his passenger, 19, were injured and taken to Bumbury Hospital for treatment.
His other passenger, 40, was badly injured and airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital where he remains in a serious, but stable condition.
A Toyota Hilux collided with a blue Mitsubishi Lancer and a fuel tanker along Bussell Highway at Ludlow, in south-west Western Australia, at 3.45pm on Friday
The driver of the fuel tanker was unharmed in the accident.
Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said it was a ‘terrible tragedy’.
‘Clearly we have more West Australians driving around our regional roads than ever before, because people aren’t going on holidays – interstate or overseas,’ he said.
‘I just urge everyone in an environment where more and more West Australians are holidaying at home, just to be careful on our roads.’
It is the second crash to occur along the highway in as many weeks after married couple Sabine and Jim Mather were killed, leaving behind four children.
The stretch of road is popular among holidaymakers who travel between Bunbury to tourist hotspots Busselton and Margaret River.
In 2019, insurer RAC called it the most dangerous road in remote Western Australia.
The road has few breaks in it for motorists to overtake each other, raising the risk of crashes.
It is the second crash to occur along the highway in as many weeks after married couple Sabine and Jim Mather were killed, leaving behind their four children
Road workers are currently underway to widen parts of the highway, though it has come too late for some authorities.
South West Police Superintendent Geoff Stewart said he was concerned about the uptick in traffic because of holiday season.
‘We’re going to see more vehicles and it concerns me greatly.’