One dead after crash at notorious Margaret River blackspot on Caves Road

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
Caves Road is considered as one of the most scenic drives in the South West, but it is also notorious for accidents.
Camera IconCaves Road is considered as one of the most scenic drives in the South West, but it is also notorious for accidents. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

A 23-year-old man has died after his car veered off the road and ploughed into a tree at a notorious Margaret River black-spot early this morning.

Police said the silver BMW sedan was travelling along Caves Road when the driver lost control near Carters Road in Burnside around 1.40am.

The man, who was the only occupant, died at the scene.

The tragedy comes just two weeks after two serious crashes within 12 hours on the same stretch of the road.

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A man was flown to Royal Perth Hospital with serious injuries on December 29 after crashing into a tree near the same intersection on Caves Road.

He had to be freed from the car wreck by firefighters.

It was the same spot where two cars had crashed in a head-on collision hours earlier, with four people taken to hospital.

While the road, which stretches for more than 100 kilometres from Busselton to Augusta, is considered as one of the most scenic drive routes in the South West, it is also notorious for accidents.

Main Roads WA recorded more than 80 crashes on the road in five years to 2019.

Plans to widen the road were met with opposition in 2018, with locals and residents who live along the scenic route saying the removal of trees would spoil its attraction.

In February last year, a MRWA spokeswoman said while surveying and safety audits on some intersections of the road were underway, the plan was yet to be developed.

Major crash investigation officers have called on anyone who saw the crash or the BMW in the area beforehand, or has dash-cam vision of either, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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