Taiwanese tourist among 3 dead in West Australia traffic accident

Two injured Taiwanese in hospital

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A Taiwanese died in a collision between an SUV and a minibus (white vehicle, on the right) near Perth (screenshot from facebook.com/9NewsPerth/)

A Taiwanese died in a collision between an SUV and a minibus (white vehicle, on the right) near Perth (screenshot from facebook.com/9NewsPerth/)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - One Taiwanese traveler was killed and two injured during a head-on collision between a sports utility vehicle and a minibus near the Australian west coast city of Perth Sunday.

The Taiwanese had joined several Chinese citizens on a local tour around the area, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau said Tuesday.

A 66-year-old man was driving the SUV on Indian Ocean Drive in the coastal town of Lancelin north of Perth around 3 p.m. Sunday when his vehicle first clipped a camper trailer being towed by another SUV and then slammed head-on into the minibus carrying the Asian tourists, according to Australian media reports.

The SUV driver and one passenger in the bus died immediately, while another passenger passed away in hospital, reports said.

A total of 11 people were transferred to hospitals, including three by helicopter, while the road was closed off for the rest of the day.

The accident happened at high speed but there was no evidence to suggest that the deceased SUV driver had been drinking or speeding, investigators said.

The road has been the scene of several accidents over the past two years, according to media reports.