Serious crash on notorious road
One person was taken to hospital after two cars crashed head-on yesterday in the latest incident on a crash-plagued stretch of Indian Ocean Drive.
Police say a red sedan and white SUV collided about 10.30am just north of the Yanchep Beach Road turn-off, about 50km north of Perth.
The driver of one car was taken to Joondalup Hospital with a minor arm injury but no one else was hurt, despite serious damage to the front of both vehicles.
It is believed the occupants of one car were able free themselves and were seen walking around at the crash site when emergency crews arrived.
Police are investigating what caused the crash. Officers examined the scene and spoke to witnesses but no charges have been laid.
The crash caused delays, with Indian Ocean Drive closed in both directions for several hours while emergency crews towed away the cars and cleaned up debris.
Six people have died in crashes on Indian Ocean Drive since January. Several others have been seriously injured.
There have also been several near-misses, including dangerous overtaking moves which have been captured on driver dash cams and posted online.
Norm Smith, who with his wife Millie survived a recent crash on the road, called on the State Government last month to take urgent action to improve it.
“The road is not capable of taking the volume of traffic,” he said. “It has to be widened from Yanchep to Lancelin. The camber is all wrong and it’s hilly and winds. They have to straighten it out.”
The Government has called on drivers who use the road to add their suggestions to a safety review.
The Federal Government said this week it would allocate $55 million to blackspots across rural WA in an attempt to reduce the State’s road toll. The funding included $7 million for passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive.
Crash investigators want to speak to anyone who saw the incident yesterday or either of the vehicles involved.
They also want dash cam footage from people in the area at the time of the crash.
Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au
The scene of the accident on Indian Ocean Drive yesterday.