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Tragic end to Friday afternoon drive.

Toodyay crash teen dies

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A 19-year-old man whose Holden Commodore crashed into a power pole at Toodyay on Friday afternoon has died.

Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said the crash occurred about 3.25pm on Friday when the young man was driving a Holden Commodore sedan south along Bindi-Bindi Today Road.

Ms Weatherall said the Commodore left the road on a bend, before hitting a power pole.

The impact caused the car to roll and catch on fire.

Three people were in the car at the time.

The young man and his 16-year-old passenger were flown by helicopter to Perth for medical treatment.

The other passenger – a 17-year-old boy – was treated locally.

The driver received serious burns.

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51-year-old home owner charged with criminal damage and fraud.

Insurance job alleged over Pally house fire

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A 51-year-old Bicton woman has been charged with criminal damage and attempted fraud after an alleged insurance job caused $350,000 damage to her house in Palmyra.

Palmyra on Sunday 15 November 2015.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that about 11:55am on November 15 fire fighters were called to the house on Weld Road.

The fire was deemed suspicious and Arson Squad detectives started investigating.

Ms Usher said the woman, who co-owns the house, allegedly set fire to items in a bedroom before leaving at about 11:30am.

Police also allege the woman put a claim into her insurance company for the estimated fire damage of $350,000 and $10,000 for temporary accommodation.

The woman has been charged with criminal damage by fire, and attempted fraud.

She is due to appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on February 10.

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Road Safety Commission's 2015 crash book opened today.

‘Deadly three’ a factor in most fatal crashes

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The Road Safety Commission today opened its crash book for 2015, revealing that speed, alcohol and fatigue were a factor in the vast majority of fatal crashes.

The crash book revealed that 161 people died on Western Australian roads last year, 74 in the metropolitan area and 87 on regional roads.

Speed was a factor in 62 fatal crashes. alcohol in 39, and fatigue in 16.

No fewer than 31 of 199 motor vehicle occupants or drivers killed were not wearing seat belts.

Motorcyclists accounted for 22 fatalities, while 15 pedestrians, four cyclists and one person on a mobility scooter were also killed.

Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said it was “heartbreaking” that most of the fatal crashes were avoidable.

“Despite the equal lowest number of fatalities in 2015, many families are suffering due to road trauma, Ms Harvey said.

“The per capita rate of fatalities has been steadily decreasing since 2008, but … we can never be complacent when it comes to road safety.”

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Woman summonsed to appear in Rockingham court.

‘Unlicensed DUI crash driver had baby on lap’

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A woman has been charged with driving unlicensed under the influence of alcohol after her car crashed last night, allegedly while her three-month-old baby was sitting on her lap.

Police spokesman Gary Lewis said that about 6pm police and St John’s Ambulance were called to a street in the Rockingham suburb of Falcon after reports a car had run off the road and crashed.

Acting Superintendent Lewis said that on attendance police learned the woman, 18 of Falcon, had allegedly consumed alcohol.

Police also alleged the woman had her 3-month-old baby on her lap at the time of the crash.

No serious injuries were suffered by the woman or baby but they were taken to Rockingham Hospital as a precaution.

The woman will be summonsed to appear in Rockingham Court to face charges of ‘excess 0.08 drink driving’, ‘no authority to drive (never held)’ and ‘fail to have a child under 16 years restrained.

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Police seek witnesses.

Biker dies after hitting fence at Gidgegannup

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A Morangup man, 67, died today after the motorcycle he was riding hit a fence at Gidgegannup.

Police spokesman Mick Slaughter said that at 7.58am the man’s grey Yamaha motorcycle was travelling west on Toodyay Road near Mayo Road when it veered across the eastbound lane, down an embankment and hit a wooden fence.

Senior Constable Slaughter said the rider, a 67-year-old man from Morangup, near Toodyay, was treated at the crash site by St John Ambulance officers.

The man was taken to St John of God Midland Public Hospital where he later died.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw the crash, or the man’s Yamaha before the crash.

Anyone with relevant information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Woman to appear in court today.

Dogs die in alleged arson

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Arson Squad detectives have charged a 25 year old woman after a fire at her home killed two dogs late last night.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said emergency services were called to the two storey unit in Daly Street, Belmont about 10:25pm after reports of a fire in the unit.

The woman received minor burns and was treated at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Ms Usher said two dogs in the unit died in the fire.

The Belmont woman has been charged with criminal damage by fire, endangering the life, health or safety of a person and causing unnecessary harm to an animal.

She is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

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Police call for witnesses.

Biker dies in Munster

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Police are seeking public help in relation to a fatal crash between a motorcycle and a four-wheel-drive that occurred at the Cockburn suburb of Munster yesterday.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Dyer said that about 6.10am a motorcycle ridden by a 31-year-old man from Oakford was travelling north along Rockingham Road.

At the same time a Holden Rodeo utility driven by a 53-year-old woman from Mosman Park was travelling east along Russel Road.

The vehicles collided at the intersection of Rockingham Road and Russell Road, which is controlled by traffic lights.

The rider of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital where he died a short time later.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash or the crash itself.

Anyone with relevant information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Members of the public try to help, to no avail.

Fatal road train crash

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A 37-year-old man of Newman was killed in a crash with a road train yesterday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherill said the fatal crash occurred on Great Northern Highway, at Yandeyarra, about 150km south of South Hedland.

Ms Weatherill said that about 2.45pm the man was the front seat passenger in a Nissan Navara utility being driven by a 64-year-old man of Newman.

The ute was involved in a collision with a road train that was travelling in the same direction.

The passenger was thrown from the vehicle, and despite help by members of the public he died at the scene.

The driver received serious injuries and was taken to South Hedland hospital for medical treatment.

The 35-year-old male driver of the road train was not injured during the crash.

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Company fined $80,000 after apprentice suffers life-changing injuries.

60% burns from workplace party trick

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A workplace party trick gone wrong has seen a Kalgoorlie apprentice seriously burned and an engine repair company fined $80,000 and ordered to pay $6000 in court costs.

Primepower Engineering Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a worker. The company was fined today at Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court.

On November 11, 2011, Primepower staff finished work early, at 11.00am, to celebrate Remembrance Day and Director Peter Allan’s birthday.

In the early afternoon, at Primepower’s premises, some of the apprentices tried to make a tractor engine seize by over-revving it until it failed. This had been attempted previously, and Mr Allan described it as a “challenge to the apprentices”.

After doing some work on the engine, the apprentices took it outside, and eventually got it to start about 3.00pm.

The throttle of the engine was fixed in a fully open position and the apprentices went about trying to seize the engine by introducing brake cleaner, water, compressed air, thinners, methanol and ultimately petrol into the turbo air intake.

About 7.00pm, one of the apprentice electricians was standing in front of the running engine and pouring petrol into the turbo air intake when the petrol ignited. It is believed a spark came off the flywheel and caused the ignition.

The apprentice suffered burns to 61 per cent of his body, resulting in impaired function in his arms, severe scarring and pain, the need to wear pressure garments and ongoing treatment to his damaged elbows.

He has had at least eight rounds of surgery, continues to see a plastic surgeon and would have died from his injuries without medical intervention.

Outside court, WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said Primepower’s management would have been aware of the risks involved and did not take any action to alleviate them.

“It seems that Primepower management actually encouraged the apprentices in their hazardous actions, facilitating the attempts to seize the engine that resulted in terrible injuries to one of the apprentices,” Mr McCulloch said.

“A young apprentice was exposed to a serious hazard when the employees should have been instructed not to pour or spray flammable substances into the air intake of the engine, and this instruction should have been enforced by management.

“As a result, the young apprentice has suffered extremely painful injuries and his life has been permanently changed.

Mr McCulloch said the case was a reminder that employers are responsible for the safety of their employees even when they are attending social functions at a workplace.

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Nine teams to test their fire fighting and first aid skills.

‘Plane crash’ for defunct Red Bull airfield

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A flaming replica of a passenger jet will be one of the real-life scenarios confronting some of Western Australia’s top rescue teams at the site of the abandoned Perth leg of the Red Bull Air Race this weekend.

The Perth leg of the international air race was the highlight of the city’s event calendar from 2006 to 2010.

But the race was cancelled worldwide from 2012 to 2013 to allow Red Bull to implement new safety measures after Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann crashed his plane into Swan River during a training run in 2010.

Kindlemann suffered no serious injury, but despite starting up again in 2014, the Red Bull Air Race never returned to Perth.

This week’s mock plane crash in part of the the fifth annual Mining Emergency Response Competition.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion urged Perth people to get on down to Langley Park in East Perth to see the highly trained rescue teams in action.

“Holding the event in Perth allows FIFO workers, mining families and the local community to see mines emergency response in action,” Mr Marmion said.

“There will also be a series of skills and training sessions available to the general public including wound dressing, CPR and road crash rescue.”

The competition will see nine teams compete in seven events including firefighting, first aid, road crash response, and confined space and hazardous material rescue.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum is sponsoring the Emergency Response Team Readiness event.

In the 1920s, grassy Langley Park was Perth’s first airport.

Photo: Ken Hodge, flickr under Creative Commons attribution 2.0 generic licence

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Luxury vehicle careers into front wall of northern suburbs house.

Woman dies in BMW crash

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A Shenton Park woman was killed last night when the black BMW she was driving crashed into a concrete wall and a tree in the front yard of a house in Embleton.

Police spokesman Adam Brouwer said the fatal crash occurred at 6:05pm near the junction of Broun Avenue and Johnsmith Street.

The driver, a woman, 30, from Shenton Park, died at the scene.

She was the only occupant of the black BMW.

Police want anyone who saw the crash, or the BMW before the crash, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Driver of other vehicle charged with dangerous driving.

Man, 91, dies after four car pile-up

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A 91-year-old Waikiki man died in a four-car pile-up yesterday afternoon on Safety Bay Road in the Rockingham suburb of Warnbro.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that about 1:25pm four vehicles collided at the intersection of Safety Bay Road and Warnbro Sound Avenue in Warnbro.

The crash involved a white Nissan Navara dual cab ute, gold Ford Falcon taxi sedan, white Hyundai Getz hatch and a Blue Ford Focus hatch.

A 34-year-old Wilson man who was the driver of the taxi and his 91-year-old male passenger were seriously injured in the crash and taken to Rockingham Hospital where the elderly man died from his injuries.

A 47-year-old Dawesville man who was the driver of the Nissan Navara has been charged with one count each of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear in Rockingham Magistrates Court on November 23.

Police want anyone who saw the crash or the involved vehicles before the crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police seek witnesses.

Morley man killed in collision with truck

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Police are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 32-year-old Morley man yesterday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that about 2:20pm a blue Nissan Navara ute was travelling south on Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan.

Ms Usher said that near the intersection of Dale Road the ute crossed on to the incorrect side of the road and hit a trailer being towed by a Toyota Land Cruiser that was travelling north.

After the initial collision, the Navara continued travelling forward and crashed into the front driver’ side of a Volvo prime that was also travelling north.

The driver of the Navarra, a Morley man, 32, died at the scene.

Police want anyone who saw the crash or the Navara ute or Volvo prime mover before the crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Tragedy outside the Peninsula Tavern.

Man killed in Maylands crash

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A 45-year-old man died last night after allegedly being struck by a Hyundai driven by a Balga woman, 63, outside the Peninsula Tavern in Maylands.

Acting police inspector Garry Kosovich said that just after 11.00 pm the man was allegedly struck by a motor vehicle on Railway Parade, outside the Peninsula Tavern at Maylands.

The seriously injured man was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital where he died soon after arriving.

Police want anyone who saw the fatal crash to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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