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Three people lucky to be alive after Oakford crash leaves behind carnage

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A trail of destruction spanning hundreds of metres was left behind when a disability support van collided with a produce truck. Nine News
Camera IconA trail of destruction spanning hundreds of metres was left behind when a disability support van collided with a produce truck. Nine News Credit: Channel 9

Three people have been lucky to escape a horror crash with their lives after a van and truck collided in Perth’s southeast.

Emergency services rushed to Thomas Rd in Oakford at 11am on Monday when the disability support vehicle and produce truck collided, seriously injuring a woman and trapping two others.

Witnesses have described a scene of carnage, with the truck overturned and the van’s engine pushed into the drivers seat from the force of the collision.

A woman has been flown to hospital with serious injuries and two others have been freed from their vehicle in a shocking crash in Perth’s southeast. Nine News
Camera IconA woman has been flown to hospital with serious injuries and two others have been freed from their vehicle in a shocking crash in Perth’s southeast. Nine News Credit: Channel 9

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A trail of destruction spanning hundreds of metres was left behind when a disability support van collided with a produce truck. Nine News
Camera IconA trail of destruction spanning hundreds of metres was left behind when a disability support van collided with a produce truck. Nine News Credit: Channel 9
The van was flattened in the crash and left unrecognisable. Nine News
Camera IconThe van was flattened in the crash and left unrecognisable. Nine News Credit: Channel 9

“The whole front and all the way up to the roof on the drivers side was completely caved in,” first responder Tori Fitton told 9 News.

A woman in her 20s who was driving the van suffered serious broken legs when she was thrown backwards by the force of the collision.

The RAC rescue chopper was deployed to airlift the woman to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment where she is undergoing surgery.

“The impact was that forceful that her shoes got thrown off, they were on the road about five, ten metres from the car,” Ms Fitton said.

“She was gone from the front drivers side and landed all the way in the back of the cab.”

Firefighters smashed through the windscreen of the truck to free its driver. Nine News
Camera IconFirefighters smashed through the windscreen of the truck to free its driver. Nine News Credit: Channel 9
While firefighters had to work quickly to free the three people trapped, first responders are surprised anyone survived. Nine News
Camera IconWhile firefighters had to work quickly to free the three people trapped, first responders are surprised anyone survived. Nine News Credit: Channel 9
Police are now investigating how the crime took place. Nine News
Camera IconPolice are now investigating how the crime took place. Nine News Credit: Channel 9

Trapped inside the cab of the truck was a man in his 60s, with firefighters forced to smash their way into the vehicle to free him.

Images taken at the scene show where they had broken through the glass windshield to reach him.

Also caught up in the crash was a woman in her 50s that lives with a disability, whom authorities also pulled from the wreckage of the van.

“The disabled lady she was getting quite upset and again we were just trying to calm her down and get her to not move so much,” she said.

The pair are understood to have suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Originally published as Three people lucky to be alive after Oakford crash leaves behind carnage

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