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Elderly man dies, five rushed to hospital after horror head-on crash on Leach Highway

An elderly man has died after after a horror head-on crash in Welshpool that saw five others rushed to hospital.

The man was driving a Hyundai Elantra north on Leach Highway at about 2.45pm when his car veered over the median strip and into oncoming traffic, ploughing into a Nissan Patrol, Toyota Corolla and a Honda HRV.

Five people were taken to hospital after the crash, two under priority one conditions.
Camera IconFive people were taken to hospital after the crash, two under priority one conditions. Credit: 7NEWS

Two motorists, a man and a woman, were taken by St John Ambulance under priority one conditions to Royal Perth Hospital.

One is in a serious but stable condition the other is in a stable condition.

A further two people were taken to RPH while a fifth person was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital, all under normal road conditions.

The crash forced the closure of Leach Highway for five hours as emergency services worked to clear the scene.
Camera IconThe crash forced the closure of Leach Highway for five hours as emergency services worked to clear the scene. Credit: 7NEWS

The crash caused traffic chaos, with the highway closed westbound on the Orrong Road overpass for five hours as emergency services worked to clear the scene.

Traffic was banked up all the way back to Tonkin Highway.

The multi-car crash caused peak-hour traffic chaos.
Camera IconThe multi-car crash caused peak-hour traffic chaos. Credit: 7News Perth

Major crash officers are investigating the cause of the crash.

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