A tragic week on our busy Great Southern roads

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Traffic on Albany Highway.
Camera IconTraffic on Albany Highway. Credit: Emma Taylor

Great Southern police have warned of a spike in traffic on regional roads after a tragic week in their district.

Two people were killed on Great Southern roads last week — the first in Takalarup on Wednesday before another fatal crash near Williams on Sunday.

About 2.50pm on Wednesday, a 31-year-old man was killed in a crash in Takalarup, north of Porongurup.

The man died at the scene after his black 2014 Toyota Hilux left Chester Pass Road and crashed. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

On Sunday, a 60-year-old man died in a crash near Williams about 10.30am. His orange Ford Ranger utility was travelling south on Albany Highway near Westmere Road when it left the road and struck a tree.

The driver died at the scene.

Albany Highway was closed between Narrakine Road and Carne Road until about 6pm.

Acting Sergeant David Johnston said there had been an increase in traffic on Great Southern roads because of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Road trauma is our primary concern,” Acting Sgt Johnston said.

“In this COVID world it is feasible roads in the Great Southern area are more heavily trafficked as people can’t go overseas and holiday in WA. There has been increased road usage and we are aware of that.”

Major Crash officers are investigating both crashes.

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