South Western Times

Night out a nightmare after crash

- CATHERINE MASSEY & JAKEB WADDELL

What started as a normal night out for a group of teenage friends ended in tragedy when two boys were killed in a horror car crash that sent shock waves through the South West at the weekend.

Buckley Spicer and Luke Hopkins were two of seven kids packed into a grey Ford Falcon sedan on their way home from a party near Margaret River on Saturday night.

Two of the teens were in the overloaded sedan’s boot.

Their car ploughed into a tree on Doyle Road near Busselton just before 9pm. Buckley, 16, and 15year-old Luke, who are believed to have been in the back seat of the car, died at the scene.

An RAC Rescue helicopter took the 17-year-old female driver to Royal Perth Hospital.

The other four passengers — a girl and three boys aged 15-16 — were taken by ambulance to hospitals in Busselton and Bunbury.

Crash survivor Angus Maclean, 16, said he could barely remember anything of the accident except waking up the next day.

“I was hanging upside down on the other side of the fence,” he said. “The car went over the fence. “There was two in the boot who were on the other side of the boot with me and then the other two next to me.

“The two boys died next to me.” He said he felt traumatise­d and did not want to believe the crash had been real.

“They were outgoing people, loved to do anything you did,” he said. “Always wanted to put a smile on your face. They always made you laugh, no matter what.”

Friends, family and community members visited the crash site

this week to lay floral tributes. One read: “Fly high boys.”

The friends attended Cape Naturalist­e College in the community of Vasse.

School returned from holidays on Tuesday. South West Supt Geoff Stewart said the community was distraught.

 ??  ?? Picture: Jon Gellweiler
Picture: Jon Gellweiler

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