Young mum killed after truck ‘veers across road’
Trudy Clarke and a friend were giving her nephew’s two mates a lift home on Thursday afternoon when their car was struck by a truck that police say veered to the wrong side of the road in Waroona.
The southbound Mack prime mover jackknifed, and its two trailers and the group’s Holden Commodore sedan collided as the sedan travelled north, trapping the four occupants in the wreck, police say.
Ms Clarke, a 32-year-old mother, was in the front passenger seat and was killed by the impact.
The 43-year-old man driving remains in Royal Perth Hospital’s trauma ward, as does an 18-yearold. The worst injured is budding rap artist Liam Passmore, 17, who was last night in an induced coma in intensive care with internal injuries.
He has already had one operation and is expected to have another one today.
His worried sister Courtney yesterday urged people to treasure their loved ones. “You never know when something like this will happen,” she said.
She described Liam as “the best little brother anyone could ask for” and urged him to stay strong. Her family asked people to pray for everyone involved in the crash.
Ms Clarke’s devastated father Colin said he and his wife had been celebrating their wedding anniversary when they received the horrific news of their youngest child’s death.
“She’s a beautiful kid, she has a nine-year-old daughter who is now left without her mother,” Mr Clarke said. He said his granddaughter was not in the car because she was being collected from school by his grandson — Trudy’s nephew — while she drove his friends home.
It is understood the 45-year-old driver of the prime mover, who was not hurt, has told police he was trying to avoid running into the back of a turning truck just before the collision.
Traffic Acting Commander Dom Wood said police were investigating why the prime mover had crossed to the opposite side of South Western Highway and urged anyone who saw what happened to contact them.
“We are particularly interested in talking to the driver of a small truck — we understand there was a small truck that was turning left onto Hall Road (from South Western Highway) just to the north of Waroona around 4pm,” he said. “It’s very important the driver of the truck comes forward and assists us with our investigation.” Contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.au
Liam Passmore, who was badly hurt, with sisters Bree, left, and Courtney.
Trudy Clarke died in the crash.