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WA roads most deadly at Easter
The scene of the fatal crash in Margaret River over the weekend.

More people died on the roads in WA than in any other State over the Easter long weekend after the deaths of a French tourist and another man in the South West.

The tourist's death near Margaret River on Sunday night and the second man's death near Capel last night brought WA's Easter road toll to five after three men aged 17, 19 and 20 died within nine hours on Thursday.

All the deaths were on country roads.

The 26-year-old Frenchman had been driving a Toyota Corolla south along Bussell Highway about 2.5km north of Margaret River about 8.10pm when his car and a Mazda 3 travelling north collided.

The Toyota driver died at the scene. His female passenger was critically injured and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital.

The female driver of the Mazda was also flown to RPH with serious injuries.

Last night, a man was killed 3km north of Capel when he crashed into Tren Creek Bridge, on the Bussell Highway.

Acting Supt Ian Clarke said after Sunday's crash that it was yet another tragic accident this holiday weekend.

"This is just another example of how, particularly during these holiday periods, the roads are risky and people have to be very vigilant," he said.

"The majority of people are doing the right thing . . . our problem is that we have individuals who are driving cars and, in some cases, passengers who are not doing the right thing in the car, like for example wearing seatbelts, who have come to a tragic end.

"It's very, very frustrating and sometimes devastating for our people who are working long, hard hours to reduce the road toll and who see things that are perhaps unnecessary - it's very, very disappointing."

Acting Supt Clarke praised the efforts of volunteer ambulance officers and firefighters who had given up their time over the holiday break to assist with the many serious and fatal crashes across the State.

The West Australian

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