Three people dead after horror Indian Ocean Drive crash

The scene on Indian Ocean Drive yesterday. Photo: Kym Illman/Facebook
The scene on Indian Ocean Drive yesterday. Photo: Kym Illman/Facebook

THREE people have died after a horror smash on Indian Ocean Drive, north of Lancelin, yesterday afternoon.

The head-on crash, involving a Toyota mini bus, a Toyota Hilux ute and a Toyota Landcruiser, occurred about 3.20pm yesterday.

About 15 kilometres north of Lancelin town site turnoff, it is believed the Hilux crossed the centre double white lines.

It then clipped a camper trailer being towed by a Toyota Landcruiser that was travelling south.

Photo: Kym Illman/Facebook

The impact caused the trailer to flip, but no damage was done to the Landcruiser and there were no injuries to its passengers.

The Hilux then crossed to the incorrect side of the road, its front wheel dislodged from the axle and crashed head-on with the minibus.

The driver of the Hilux, a 66-year-old man, died at the scene.

A man on board the bus also died at the scene, while another died later in hospital.

Nine other people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Four bus occupants – a 38-year-old man, a 51-year-old woman and two 23-year-old women – received serious injuries and were taken to various hospitals.

Five other occupants of the bus (believed to include the bus driver from WA) received minor injuries and were also taken to various hospitals for treatment.

Police closed Indian Ocean Drive between Gingin Brook Road and Meadows Road, a stretch of about 75km.

A massive emergency services presence attended the scene, including seven ambulances, three fire trucks and two rescue helicopters.

The road became a makeshift emergency ward as first responders tried to help the injured. Photo: Kym Illman/Facebook
The incident was the latest in a long line of crashes on Indian Ocean Drive.

The State Government initiated a safety review into the road last year in response to a series of serious and fatal crashes between Lancelin and Two Rocks.

Recommendations from the report included lowering the speed limit – which was reduced to 100km/h immediately last November – and construction of more passing lanes.