Safety call after three fatal crashes

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Police have called for drivers to take extra care in the lead-up to Easter after three fatal crashes across the weekend on Great Southern roads.

The death of a 50-year-old Kendenup man on Sunday night north of Cranbrook capped a horror weekend on the roads after two other men were killed in crashes.

The man was killed after his Hilux ute hit a tree on Albany Highway near the intersection of Peter Valley Road, forcing a temporary closure of the highway.

Earlier on Sunday, a 23-year-old Wellstead man died in Gnowellen after his Mitsubishi Magna sedan rolled on Kuch Road.

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Police say the man lost control of his car at 12.30am before the intersection of Chillinup Road leading to the rollover and his death at the scene.

On Friday night, a man was discovered dead in a car fire Woogenellup Road about 30km from Mt Barker.

The car had hit a tree before it was discovered by a passing vehicle at 7.50pm.

All three fatal crashes are now being investigated by Major Crash officers.

Great Southern police Superintendent Ian Clarke labelled the three fatalities in the same weekend as a “terrible tragedy”.

Supt Clarke called for drivers to take care on the roads across the Easter long weekend.

He said the key messages for drivers were to plan their journey, manage fatigue and be consistently aware.

A total of 48 people have died on the roads in WA so far this year including 27 on regional roads.

Anyone with information about any of the crashes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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