Man killed in Merredin crash

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A 44-YEAR-OLD man was killed when the car he was a passenger in crashed near Merredin yesterday while trying to overtake a truck.

Major Crash officers are investigating the fatal crash on Great Eastern Highway about 48km east of Merredin, in the Wheatbelt, at about 10.25am yesterday.

Police say a silver Great Wall ute was travelling east and attempted to overtake a white Kenworth truck, but the ute veered off the road and crashed into trees and scrub.

The 44-year-old passenger, a man from Kalgoorlie, died at the scene. The 43-year-old woman who was driving, also from Kalgoorlie, was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with serious injuries.

The man is the 60th person to die on WA roads this year, 34 of which have been in regional WA.

Meanwhile, Major Crash officers are also investigating a serious crash in Maddington last night, when a grey 2004 Ford Falcon sedan slammed into a tree on Revesby Road about 7.50pm.

A 20-year-old man, who was a passenger, suffered serious injuries. Another passenger, a 22-year-old man, received minor injuries while the 20-year-old driver was uninjured.

Both passengers were taken to RPH.

Investigators want any witnesses to either crash, or anyone who may have seen the vehicles involved before the incidents, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au



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