Wagerup crash: P-plate, shoes among debris left after crash that killed two teenage boys

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Shoes, keys and a red P-plate were among the debris scattered along South Western Highway, at the scene of a horrific crash that claimed two young lives on Saturday.

The tragedy unfolded just before 1.30pm when the Mitsubishi Triton Utility flipped on South Western Highway in Wagerup, killing two 17-year-old boys inside the car.

It’s believed the boy driving the ute lost control near the Marriott Road intersection, with the vehicle rolling several times.

Camera IconA ‘P’ plate can be seen at the site of the fatal crash. Credit: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

Police, paramedics, five fire trucks and two SES crews were called to the wreck and pulled one person from the carnage.

One woman who witnessed the aftermath described the scene as “horrific” and said the road was extremely wet and flooded.

Much of the debris and items understood to have belonged to the victims were still strewn along the side of the highway on Sunday afternoon.

Black trainers, a flip flop and a broken portable speaker were among the items.

A male shoe was found among other debris at the crash site.
Camera IconA male shoe was found among other debris at the crash site. Credit: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

The tragic crash comes just weeks after a 15-year-old girl died in a head-on crash in Neergabby, about 85km north of Perth, on May 28.

The teen was a passenger in a Subaru Outback that was being driven by a 17-year-old P-plate driver west on Gingin Brook Road when it collided with a blue Holden Colorado travelling east on the same road, near Cowalla Road.

WA Transport minister Rita Saffioti described the crashes as tragedies.

“My condolences go to the families, I’ve experienced a family member who has died in a car crash and it is something that devastates the entire family. . . and friends,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It’s a very, very tough time.”

One woman who witnessed the aftermath described the scene as “horrific” and said the road was extremely wet and flooded.
Camera IconOne woman who witnessed the aftermath described the scene as “horrific” and said the road was extremely wet and flooded. Credit: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

When asked if WA could follow the lead of other States in making novice drivers complete more hours on the road before obtaining their provisional licence, Ms Saffioti it was “tough” for many young West Australians trying to find support to undertake supervised driving.

NSW and Victoria both require drivers to complete 120 hours of driving before qualifying for a provisional licence. Learning WA drivers only need 50.

She did, however, point to the McGowan Government spending a record amount of money on the State’s road network, particularly on works widening regional roads.

“(Road trauma) is a tragedy. . . we will examine what else we can do to improve safety, particularly in regional WA where we do see disproportionate number of people who do die or have serious injuries,” Ms Saffioti said.

“We are doing all we can on an education front, road widening (and) road safety. . . the impact of road trauma and death is very, very significant and it impacts people for the rest of their lives.”

Major crash investigators are conducting an examination of the scene and are appealing for any witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online.

Dash-cam or mobile phone vision relating to this crash can uploaded directly to investigators via here.

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