One person is dead and another seriously injured after a horror crash involving two motorcycles and a car on Albany Highway north-west of Williams.
The fatality — the only one on WA roads during the historically deadly Easter long weekend — happened yesterday about 12.10pm near Extracts Road about 140km south-east of Perth.
Major crash investigators were last night trying to piece together the circumstances of the crash, which resulted in the highway being closed in both directions for several hours.
It believed a blue 2000 model Mitsubishi sedan was driving on Albany Highway about 25km north of Williams when the crash occurred near Extracts Road.
The car collided with a black 2006 model Harley Davidson motorcycle travelling with a group of riders in the opposite direction on Albany Highway.
One man, the 26-year-old rider of the motorcycle, died at the scene.
The RAC Rescue helicopter airlifted a second person, the 38-year-old man driving the Mitsubishi sedan, to Royal Perth Hospital with serious injuries.
A 45-year-old man who was riding a black 1990 model Harley Davidson motorcycle in the group collided with the first motorcycle and was taken by road to Narrogin Hospital with minor injuries.
The car involved in the crash, a blue 2000 model Mitsubishi sedan, burst into flames after hitting a tree.
The fire spread to nearby scrub and paddocks before it was extinguished by volunteer firefighters.
The motorbikes were left on the road about 50m apart — one with its front badly damaged — as officers examined tyre marks.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron pleaded with people returning from Easter holidays to be extra cautious.
“Be aware of other road users, be patient with increased traffic volumes and drive to the conditions of the road,” he said. “Make regular stops or even swap drivers along your journey to combat fatigue.”
Traffic on major roads into Perth remained heavy yesterday as holidaymakers returned from weekend getaways.
Double demerit penalties for the Easter weekend ended at midnight.
During the five-day period two cars were allegedly caught by a speed camera on Tonkin Highway travelling at 180km/h and 187km/h.
One of the drivers has been charged with reckless driving and had their car impounded for 28 days, while police are trying to locate the second driver.
Another driver was allegedly caught doing 174km/h on North West Coastal Highway in a 110km/h zone near the Shark Bay turn-off.
Several drivers also lost their licence in one hit after being caught more than 30km/h over the limit. They copped a 12-demerit penalty and a $800 fine.