A woman and a 10-year-old boy have been killed in a road crash near Corrigin, in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, after a semi-trailer ploughed into a parked car.
Three other children were seriously injured and are being treated in hospital.
The woman and the four children were sitting in a Holden Commodore parked on the side of the Brookton-Corrigin Road about midnight on Sunday.
The car, which had been towing a trailer, had run out of petrol and the male driver had left to walk to Corrigin to get fuel.
Police said a semi-trailer, which was being driven by a 46-year-old man and towing grain trailers, rounded a bend and crashed into the parked car.
The car and trailer were shunted into a paddock by the force of the impact.
The woman and the boy died at the scene, while the three other children — aged 8, 5, and 3 — were flown to Perth Children’s Hospital by helicopter.
Police said the driver of the car, a 27-year-old man, was found walking along the Brookton-Corrigin Road about 11 kilometres west of Corrigin, which is about 220 kilometres north-west of Perth.
A spokesman for the hospital said the condition of all three was serious but stable.
Police have closed roads in the area and remain at the scene.
The Brookton-Corrigin Road is closed in both directions between Rigby Road and Bulyee Road.