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    The crash scene on the Western Highway.

Man charged after Western Highway fatal crash near Dadswells Bridge

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a man after two people were killed in a crash between Dadswells Bridge and Laharum yesterday.

A white Kenworth semi-trailer was travelling north-west when it crashed into the rear of a Holden sedan turning into a rest stop on the Western Highway about 12.20pm.

The Holden was pushed into oncoming traffic.

A Toyota sedan travelling in the opposite direction collided with the passenger side of the Holden.

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The passenger of the Holden, a 42-year-old Ararat woman, and the driver of the Toyota, a 71-year-old Horsham woman died at the scene.

The driver of the Holden, a 36-year-old Black Range man, was airlifted to hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.

The uninjured truck driver, a 48-year-old Dartmoor man, was arrested at the scene.

He has since been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

He was due to appear at the Horsham Magistrates’ Court today.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who was traveling south-east on the Western Highway shortly before 12.20pm and has dash cam footage, or any information that could assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online at