PETALING JAYA: It was a gut-wrenching scene of twisted steel strewn across the highway as rescue personnel raced against the clock to rush off the injured to hospitals after a Malaysian man caused a massive crash in Western Australia on Easter Sunday.
The crash caused by the 31-year-old was so serious the entire Indian Ocean Drive was closed off to commuters so the injured could be rescued and the wrecked vehicles moved out of the way.
According to a news report in The West Australian, the Malaysian has been charged with four counts of careless driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and two counts of careless driving occasioning bodily harm.
He was charged in the Joondalup Magistrate’s Court today.
The news report said the accident occurred at 1pm on April 16 and was so extensive that rescue choppers were rushed to the scene in a desperate bid to save lives.
The Malaysian was allegedly driving a Toyota Corolla sedan that collided with a Mazda hatchback in Breton Bay, near Lancelin, the newspaper reported, the impact of which forced both vehicles off the road, and sent the Mazda rolling several times over before coming to stop.
The Malaysian was seriously injured in the crash and flown to Royal Perth Hospital as were two others with lesser injuries.
Three other victims were taken to hospital by ambulance, the news report said.