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.
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.