Forrestfield man to appear in court today over Corrigin crash charges

Stock image.
Stock image.

A 45-year-old truck driver from Forrestfield charged in relation to a fatal crash near Corrigin on the weekend will face court today.

On Sunday, August 19 about 28km west of Corrigin, the 27-year-old male driver of a Holden Commodore towing a trailer travelling east along the Brookton-Corrigin Road pulled over onto the gravel verge when it ran out of petrol.

The driver left the vehicle and headed on foot towards Corrigin to get fuel, leaving a 26-year-old woman and four children in the Commodore.

Around 11.40pm, a Kenworth truck towing two semi-trailers was travelling east along the same road when it collided with the rear of the Holden Commodore and trailer.

The force of the collision caused the Commodore to roll several times, causing significant damage to all vehicles and killed the woman and a 10-year-old boy.

Three children who were also in the Commodore, an eight-year-old boy, a five-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries and were all airlifted by RAC Rescue helicopters to the Perth Children’s Hospital.

The driver of the Kenworth was treated for minor injuries at Corrigin Hospital.

On August 20, Major Crash Investigators charged the truck driver with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death, two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm.

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today.