Two 27-year-old women die in Perth crash amid horror start to WA Day weekend

| 30.05,20. 05:50 PM |

Two 27-year-old women die in Perth crash amid horror start to WA Day weekend

Two women died after their car was hit by a four-wheel drive in Cooloongup, in Perth's south.(Supplied)

Three people are dead and two others are in hospital after four separate road crashes across Western Australia at the start of the long weekend.

Two women died after a crash in Perth's south, with police still looking for the passenger of one of the vehicles involved.

Police said around 7:40pm, a Toyota Landcruiser was travelling north-west on Ennis Avenue in Cooloongup, in the city's south, when it collided with a Nissan Micra that was turning right off the same road.

The driver of the Nissan, a 27-year-old woman from Success, was taken to Rockingham Hospital but died a short time later.

A police car is parked at night across an intersection where two vehicles crashed.
Police arrested the driver of the Landcruiser a short distance from the site of the Cooloongup crash.(Supplied)

The 27-year-old female passenger, from Cooloongup, died at the scene.

The driver of the Landcruiser, a 50-year-old man, failed to stop and was arrested a short distance from the crash site.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and was assisting police with their enquiries.

Police are searching for the male passenger of the Landcruiser, who is not believed to be injured and has not been seen since the crash.

Motorbike rider dead

A man in his 30s also died overnight after a motorbike crash in Perth's north.

Police said the man ran off the road into the retaining wall of a home in Quinns Rocks about midnight.

He died at the scene.

Drivers taken to hospital

Meanwhile, two people were taken to hospital in Perth following separate single-vehicle crashes overnight.

A silver sedan is pictured crumpled against a tree at nighttime, with part of the tree piercing the bonnet.
The driver of a car which veered into a tree next to Great Eastern Highway, in Darlington, was taken to hospital.(Supplied)

About 3:15am, a car driving down Great Eastern Highway, in the Perth hills suburb of Darlington, veered off the road into a tree and caught fire.

The 19-year-old male driver was taken to RPH with serious injuries.

Another person was taken to RPH by helicopter after a crash in the south-west town of Allanson, near Collie.

'Devastating' start to weekend

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts described the crashes as "absolutely devastating".

"Only on Thursday, I was standing there ahead of the long weekend asking people to drive courteously on the roads, to take care, to be aware of the weather conditions which make it more hazardous on the roads," she said.

"My heart goes out to those families, particularly to the families of those two 27-year-old women in Cooloongup, the news for them must just be absolutely devastating and heartbreaking."

WA Police minister Michelle Roberts speaks in front of a brick wall.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts described the loss of life on WA roads as "absolutely devastating and heartbreaking".(ABC News: Andrew O'Connor)

Mrs Roberts said it was concerning that in two of the other crashes, it appeared a car hit a tree.

"Again, it's a reminder that on country roads — and Darlington has that country road feel, too — you have to be really careful.

"The most common fatality in those circumstances is a car veering off the road into incoming traffic, or a tree."

Mrs Roberts said it was especially important to drive safely over the long weekend, given the easing of intrastate border restrictions which allowed people to travel further.

"I understand people are excited to be back out on the roads, and some of them will be travelling quite long distances," she said.

"Take care on the roads, show some courtesy, slow down, have breaks in your trip."

Long weekend exodus halted

Amid the tragic start to the WA Day long weekend, many road users seeking to leave the city were delayed by construction works in the CBD.

Construction workers wearing high-vis and helmets stand at the base of the Hay Street bridge with a large crane next to them.
Construction work on the Hay Street bridge has forced the temporary closure of part of the Mitchell Freeway.(ABC News: James Carmody)

The southbound lane of the Mitchell Freeway was blocked off at 10:00pm on Friday, due to works on the Hay Street bridge.

The freeway lane may be shut until 2:00pm on Monday, according to Main Roads.

The bridge, which has been subject to a number of disruptive hits by trucks, is being raised from a 4.6-metre clearance to a 4.85-metre clearance.

A four-wheel drive towing a caravan stationary at traffic lights as cars bank up behind it.
The temporary closure of part of the Mitchell Freeway in Perth could delay some long weekend holidaymakers.(ABC News: James Carmody)

Main Roads WA acting metro executive director Peter Sewell told ABC Radio Perth that many people travelling away from the city had left on Friday to avoid traffic.

"Yesterday afternoon, from lunchtime, around 70,000 vehicles headed to the south and around 40,000 headed to the north," he said.

"I think the grey nomads squealed their tyres on their driveways trying to get out of the city, there were a lot of vans heading north, they've all been waiting with baited breath."

Mr Sewell said it was hoped the works could be completed ahead of schedule, possibly by Sunday night, to minimise disruptions on Monday as holidaymakers returned to Perth.

A caravan being towed and a number of other cars stuck in traffic next to the Mitchell Fwy in Perth.
Long weekend traffic bound for WA's south was delayed due to a freeway closure at Hay Street.(ABC News: James Carmody)

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