Two injured tourists ready to leave hospital

Two of the seriously injured tourists in the crash on Indian Ocean Dr in which one man died may be well enough to get out of hospital. Picture: WA Police/Twitter

TWO tourists injured in a crash involving a bus and on Indian Ocean Dr last weekend might be well enough to leave hospital sometime today.

A Royal Perth Hospital spokesman said four people had been admitted to RPH after the crash on Sunday, December 9.

He said all the patients were in a stable condition but two were still expected to remain in hospital for longer.

On Monday, December 10 WA Police said the crash involving a bus and a Toyota Hilux happened about 3.20pm.

A police spokeswoman said the Toyota Hilux was travelling north and a Toyota minibus was travelling south.

Police believe the Hilux crossed the centre double white lines initially clipping a camper trailer being towed by a Toyota Landcruiser that was travelling south.

“The impact of this initial crash has overturned the trailer onto its roof, but no damage was done to the Landcruiser and no injuries,’’ she said.

“The Hilux continued north in the southbound lane where at some point the front wheel dislodged from the axle.

“The Hilux then collided head-on with the minibus.

“The 66-year-old male driver of the Hilux died in the crash.’’

The occupants of the bus were tourists to WA and Chinese nationals.

Two men aged in their 50s who were travelling in the bus died.

Four occupants of the bus received serious injuries and were conveyed to hospital – a 38-year-old man, a 51-year-old woman and two 23-year-old women.

Two RAC Rescue helicopters were sent to the crash about 30km north of Lancelin.

Career and volunteer fire and rescue service firefighters attended and worked to free someone who was trapped..

The crash meant Indian Ocean Dr was closed to all traffic in both directions with the closures in place between Gingin Brook Rd and Meadows Rd.

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.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who saw the vehicles prior to the crash should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online