Fifth death on Great Southern roads in six horrific days

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Emergency services at the scene of a fatal crash near Gnowangerup.
Camera IconEmergency services at the scene of a fatal crash near Gnowangerup. Credit: Tambellup police

The Great Southern’s nightmare run on the roads continues, with a fourth fatal crash near Kojonup on Tuesday.

A Kojonup man in his 20s was killed when his car left the Kojonup-Katanning Road and struck a tree near the intersection of Washington Road about 2.30pm.

The young man was the only occupant of the vehicle. The Kojonup-Katanning Road was closed in both directions after the crash.

Tuesday’s death was the fifth in six days in the Great Southern, a horror stretch which has left the region reeling ahead of the busy Australia Day long weekend.

Volunteer emergency responders have been faced with four separate fatal crashes in that period around the towns of Katanning, Kojonup, Gnowangerup and Jerramungup.

Tomorrow, the Cranbrook RoadWise Committee will run a Driver Reviver stop on the Albany Highway, offering free refreshments and encouraging drivers to rest.

Tiredness is estimated to be a factor in nearly a third of WA’s fatal crashes.

The Driver Reviver will be stationed just north of the Cranbrook turn-off from 4pm- 10pm.

“Too often people drive long distances after working all day or leave after a full day’s activities,” Cranbrook RoadWise Committee spokesman Mal Humble said.

“With fatigue setting in after approximately two hours of driving, that’s when people should take a break.

“As you set off on your journey, remember to swap drivers where possible, stop for a break or coffee at least every two hours.”

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