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Tonkin Highway crash victim likely to stay in hospital until Christmas

As a motorsport race caller, Jarrod Maclean has seen his fair share of high-impact crashes on the track.

But the 27-year-old never imagined he would find himself in a horror four-car pile-up, and on his way to work.

Mr Maclean was driving to his day job through Maddington about 7am Thursday when he was hit head-on by a car that had crossed the median strip of Tonkin Highway.

The impact trapped him in his crumpled Mitsubishi Triton. He had a badly cut head, broken leg, chipped elbow and concussion.

Mr Maclean’s crumpled utility.
Mr Maclean’s crumpled utility.Picture: Seven News

“I count myself lucky to have not really remembered much about the accident,” Mr Maclean said yesterday from Royal Perth Hospital’s trauma ward.

“I was on Tonkin Highway heading north and I vaguely remember being in the right-hand lane passing cars when I saw the front end of a car coming through the median strip.

“I must have been out before I remember being immobilised in the vehicle, but then I blacked out again and the next thing I was in the ambulance.”

Mr Maclean said doctors had told him he was likely to remain in hospital until Christmas.

He said he hoped to be back trackside as soon as possible with a new insight into high-speed racing. “I don’t recommend it (being in a crash) to anyone wanting to get that insight but it might help me just a little,” Mr Maclean said.

The horrific Tonkin Highway crash scene.
The horrific Tonkin Highway crash scene.Picture: Seven News

“I think if anything, it is going to give me a bit of behind-the- scenes info on just what these guys are putting at stake.”

Police say a black SsangYong heading south veered off the highway briefly before over-correcting and clipping a truck travelling in the same direction.

The impact of the crash caused the SsangYong to cross the median strip and plough head-on into Mr Maclean’s Mitsubishi utility and a white work van. A green Toyota Camry station wagon then ran into the back of the ute at low speed but was not badly damaged.

Mr Maclean and two brothers in the van, aged 22 and 26, were cut from the wreckage.

The 42-year-old female driver of the SsangYong was also taken to RPH by paramedics.

No charges have been laid.

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