Little boy dies and an elderly woman fights for life after a horror four-vehicle crash just minutes after ambulance service warned of massive delays
- Six-year-old boy died in hospital after massive four car crash in Perth on Friday
- Holden Cruze collided with Kia Carnival that was stopped behind Transperth bus
- Six-year-old was taken to hospital in critical condition before he died on Sunday
A boy has died in hospital while an elderly woman continues to fight for life days after a four-car crash.
The six-year-old boy and woman aged in her 70s were among four people injured in the pile-up in East Rockingham, Perth, at 3pm on Friday.
Police said a Kia Carnival was stopped behind a Transperth bus at a set of red lights at the intersection of Dixon and Mandurah Roads.
A Holden Cruze then crashed into the back of the vehicle sending it into the back of the bus before a fourth car smashed into the pileup.
A boy has died in hospital while an elderly woman continues to fight for life days after a four-car crash
The six-year-old boy and woman aged in her 70s were among four people injured following the pile-up in East Rockingham, Perth, at 3pm on Friday
The six-year-old was taken to Rockingham Hospital in a critical condition then flown by RAC rescue helicopter to Perth Children’s Hospital before he died on Sunday, The West Australian reported.
The elderly woman was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A woman in her 80s suffered serious injuries while a 64-year-old man was taken to Rockingham Hospital but was discharged soon afterwards.
WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said police were investigating whether the accident was caused by one of the drivers suffering a medical episode.
The crash came 15 minutes after St John WA warned of ambulance delays with paramedics stretched thin as emergency calls increased.
‘At present, about 22 per cent of the St John fleet in metropolitan Perth is ramped, the State Operations Centre is receiving call volumes in excess of 40 calls per hour, and we are at about 7 per cent standby capacity,’ the alert said.
‘It is likely there will be a delay in an ambulance reaching people who call triple-0.’
Police said a Kia Carnival was stopped behind a Transperth bus at a set of red lights at the intersection of Dixon and Mandurah Roads
Long ambulance wait times have been blamed for several deaths that could have been avoided in the past couple of months.
Grandmother Joan Hope was experiencing shortness of breath when her son called paramedics on April 19.
She died shortly afterwards as the ambulance only arrived 30 minutes later.
Georgina Wild suffered chest pains before calling an ambulance and then died before paramedics arrived two-and-a-half hours later.