A car has become a ball of flames and smoke following a crash in Perth’s north this afternoon, with three people on their way to hospital.
Three cars were involved in an accident at the intersection of Marmion Avenue and Whittington Avenue, on the border of Carine and Watermans Bay, about 3.30pm, authorities said.
The engine bay of one of the cars subsequently caught fire, sending flames rippling through the vehicle.
Police officers at the scene said the car, a Mazda, was fully engulfed with flames and thick black smoke for about 10 minutes.
Police determined the cause of the crash was due to “inattention” and ruled out the use of alcohol or drugs.
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Two women aged in their 50s are being taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital under lights and sirens.
A St John WA spokeswoman said both had multiple injuries, although they aren’t considered life threatening.
A male in his 50s is also being sent to RPH under normal road conditions with non life threatening injuries.
All three people involved were a driver in each vehicle.
Vision captured during the afternoon school run showed how flames had taken hold, with heavy smoke gushing from the car.
DFES said six appliances were sent to deal with the emergency and the car was extinguished just after 4pm.
Main Roads WA tweeted that the section of Marmion Avenue south-bound between Beach Road and Whittington Avenue was closed but has since been reopened.
At one point both sides of Marmion Ave were closed to motorists as a safety precaution.