Mother and son, 10, dead after truck crashes into broken-down car

A woman and her 10-year-old son have died after a semi-trailer crashed into the rear of their broken-downcar in rural Western Australia.

The car, which was towing a trailer, ran out of fuel around midnight on Sunday and the 27-year-old male driver was walking the 28 kilometres to Corrigin to get petrol.

Police said a semi-trailer towing grain trailers came around the bend of the road and crashed into the rear of the car and trailer, pushing them into a nearby paddock.

The 26-year-old mother and her eldest son both died at the scene.

The car was ran out of fuel on Brookton-Corrigin Road, around 28 kilometres west of the Corrigin town site. Source: Google Maps

Her other three children, two sons aged five and eight, and a three-year-old girl, suffered injuries and were taken by helicopter to the Perth Children’s Hospital.

They were in a serious but stable condition on Monday morning.

The 46-year-old driver of the semi-trailer alerted authorities to the emergency.

The driver of the car, who is the father of the children, was spotted by police walking along the Brookton-Corrigin Road, around 11km west of the Wheatbelt town.

Road closures in the area remain in place and major crash investigators are at the scene.