Se­ri­ous crash on no­to­ri­ous road

The West Australian - - NEWS - Rourke Walsh

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.crimestop­per­

Pic­ture: Seven News

The scene of the ac­ci­dent on In­dian Ocean Drive yes­ter­day.

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