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Two men die in horrific highway bridge crash

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
A tow truck was called in to extract the vehicle after it flipped over the rail and came to rest in a waterway.
Camera IconA tow truck was called in to extract the vehicle after it flipped over the rail and came to rest in a waterway. Credit: South Western Times

The deaths of two men in a horrific crash in Capel on Sunday morning underlined a weekend of carnage on the State’s roads.

Michael William Lesay, 43, of Australind, and his passenger Michael James Guarini were killed in the terrifying crash on Bussell Highway about 6.30am.

The Toyota Hilux was travelling north on the highway when police say the driver lost control and crashed into the Gynudup Brook bridge guard rail.

The vehicle flipped over the rail and came to rest in a waterway. Both men died at the scene.

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The crash closed a section of the highway in both directions for most of the day as Major Crash investigators were called in to find out what happened.

A tow truck was called in to extract the vehicle after it flipped over the rail and came to rest in a waterway.
Camera IconA tow truck was called in to extract the vehicle after it flipped over the rail and came to rest in a waterway. Credit: South Western Times

Two other people died and another two were taken to hospital with serious injuries following separate crashes in the State’s north at the weekend.

The South West’s latest fatalities have prompted renewed warnings from the region’s top cop.

South West Supt Mick Sutherland said while the cause of Sunday’s crash was yet to be determined, any death on the roads reverberated throughout families and the community.

“Two families will be commemorating the loss of their loved ones at a time where most others are celebrating the festive season,” Supt Sutherland said.

“Their absence will not just be felt this year, but at this time every year.”

Police are calling for anyone who saw the crash or the Toyota Hilux travelling prior to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online here.

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