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Two killed as car ripped in half in fireball crash

| 20.12,11. 05:15 PM |


 

Two killed as car ripped in half in fireball crash


December 20, 2011

Two close friends are dead after their Holden Commodore smashed into a palm tree, splitting in two and bursting into flames in Perth early this morning.

The men, aged 20 and 19, were killed when the VE Commodore collided with the tree on Riverside Drive in Perth's CBD about 1am.

The 20-year-old driver from Muresk about 100km east of Perth, was incinerated in his seat.

The crash scene on Riverside Drive. <i>Photo: Michele Gelle, via Twitter.</i>

The crash scene on Riverside Drive. Photo: Michele Gelle, via Twitter.

His 19-year-old friend from Northam, also to Perth's east, was thrown from the car in the collision, and died at the scene.

Parts of the vehicle and debris from side the car were found up to 100 metres from the crash site after the Commodore was torn in half.

Acting Sergeant Allan Mawdesley told the ABC he had no doubt high speed was a factor in the crash, which occurred in a 60km/h zone.

The crash scene on Riverside Drive. <i>Photo: Michele Gelle, via Twitter.</i>

The crash scene on Riverside Drive. Photo: Michele Gelle, via Twitter.

"We need to look at a number of things, obviously speed is a factor, whether alcohol may have been a factor in this crash," he said.

"It's a tragedy this close to Christmas."

SMH

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