A young man has died in a shocking truck accident involving two cows in Washington’s Pilbara region.
The 23-year-old was at the wheel of an Isuzu traveling north on North West Coastal Hwy in Fortescue around 10 p.m. Thursday when it struck two cows crossing the isolated stretch of road.
The truck, which was towing a trailer with a concrete pizza oven on it, reportedly rolled over several times as a result of the accident.
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According to the police, the driver suffered serious injuries and died at the scene of the accident.
“Major Crash investigators are conducting an investigation of the crime scene and are appealing to all witnesses to call Crime Stoppers,” WA Police said.
Authorities have also requested visibility with a dashcam or cellphone, which may be relevant to the investigation.
Analysis of 17,000 animal collisions nationwide in 2022 found that kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, dogs, deer and cows are the hardest-hit wildlife, according to insurer AAMI.
Winter turned out to be the most dangerous time for animal accidents. Almost one in three accidents involving wildlife occurred in the cooler months between June and August.
Elsewhere, a 31-year-old man has died in a devastating single-vehicle crash in South Hedland.
The car he was in rolled after leaving Collier Dr around 6.15am on Sunday.
The victim was taken to Hedland Health Campus, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The 35-year-old driver and another 40-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.
A man also died in southwest Washington after the car he was driving went off the road and crashed into a tree in Yallingup later that day.
Police said the white Holden Frontera was traveling west on Wildwood Road when the tragedy struck around 5pm on Sunday.
The 43-year-old driver was taken to Royal Perth Hospital after suffering serious injuries.
“The driver later died from these injuries,” police said.
So far in 2023, there have been 86 road deaths in Washington.