Tributes for mum killed in Bussell Highway head-on crash
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 20:15
The Landcruiser driver and the passenger of the Rav4 are in a critical condition in hospital following the crash on the Bussell Highway at Capel on Saturday afternoon.
A woman is dead after a driver drove his vehicle erratically in the wrong direction on a Western Australia highway for several kilometres.
The male driver who swerved into traffic, was thrown from his vehicle after it rolled and caught on fire.
Amateur footage of the car's unpredictable driving shows the vehicle travelling at speed as oncoming cars try desperately to avoid it.
Witnesses said the 45-year-old driver of the Landcruiser was smiling as he tried to swerve into at least 25 cars before the fatal crash with a Toyota Rav4.
"He's going to kill someone", the man filming says, before calling West Australian police.
Larz Erikssen, from Perth, was the first person on the scene after a Toyota Landcruiser ploughed into oncoming traffic on the Bussell Highway in Capel, killing 61-year-old mother Jenni Pratt instantly.
"The guy's face was unbelievable, like I've never seen before".
Talking to Nine News about the scenes he witnessed, Mr Mateljan described the driver as "completely erratic".
Mr Mateljan told Nine News the man went through the windscreen of the LandCruiser, and said "he was lying right in the middle of the road". The 54-year-old woman in the passenger seat was dragged from the auto by bystanders with life-threatening injuries.
"He was jumping around in his auto and going nuts like he was happy about what he had actually done".
He said they saw him drive his vehicle off road, take out signs and force other cars off the road or have near misses with them.
The stretch of the Bussell Highway where the smash occurred was recently named one of WA's most unsafe roads.
The major crime squad has taken over the investigation into this matter and seeking anyone who may have seen the crash itself or the green Toyota Landcruiser prior to the crash travelling on Wonnerup Beach, Layman Road or the Bussell Highway.