| 16.09,19. 01:31 PM |
Two women dead after car, bus collide on Indian Ocean Drive near the Pinnacles north of Perth
Photo: One woman who was travelling in the car died at the scene of the crash on Indian Ocean Drive. (ABC News)
Photo: Anyone who saw the crash or the car or bus beforehand has been urged to come forward. (ABC News)
Two women have died and a third is in a critical condition in hospital after crash between a car and a bus on one of Western Australia's most notorious stretches of road.
The vehicles collided on Indian Ocean Drive in Nambung, at the turn-off to the world-famous Pinnacles rock formations north of Perth, shortly before 2:00pm yesterday.
Police said it appeared the Nissan SUV, with three Chinese tourists onboard, turned from Pinnacles Drive onto Indian Ocean Drive, colliding with the Transwa bus which was carrying 34 passengers.
"The collision caused the Nissan to roll, coming
Crews from Police, St John Ambulance and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to the accident.
One of the Chinese woman who was travelling in the car died at the scene, while the other two were flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC rescue helicopter.
One of those women has since died.
The third woman who was in the car, aged 23, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
St John Ambulance officers treated some of the bus passengers at the scene for minor injuries.
'It is a bad intersection': police
WA Police Superintendent Domenic Wood said it was a tragic and horrible crash.
"The driver and front seat passenger were the ones that I've been advised sadly passed away," he told ABC Radio Perth.
"It is a a bad intersection … and of course if you're impacted from the side it's always going to be a potentially serious or fatal crash, especially when you're colliding with such a heavy vehicle.
"[The deceased] are Chinese nationals so it's very important for us to now take care of their family next of kin and to make sure that all those appropriate notifications are taking place."
Superintendent Wood said a number of bus passengers were treated for shock.
Police said inquiries into the crash were continuing.
They have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash or has dashcam footage, or who saw either the SUV or the bus before the accident, to contact Crime Stoppers.
Dozens of serious crashes plague highway
Indian Ocean Drive was built to provide a scenic coastal road between Perth and WA's Mid West region, while also taking tourist traffic off the busy freight route of Brand Highway.
It is popular particularly with international tourists as a route to visit the Pinnacles natural rock formations.
But it has been the scene of dozens of serious crashes since it opened in 2010, a number of which have been fatal.
Three people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed in a head-on collision south of Lancelin in August 2017.
In December last year, three people including
The WA Government initiated a safety review of the road in 2017, resulting in $7 million being set aside for improvements.
Part of that funding went towards building four additional passing lanes between Lancelin and the town of Seabird.
Construction started on those lanes in April last year.
The speed limit on Indian Ocean Drive was also lowered from 110 kilometres per hour to 100kph following the review.