WA reduces hotel quarantine intake

Premier Mark McGowan says the state's cap will be almost halved after 'two very significant incidents'.

WA reduces hotel quarantine intake

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the state will drastically reduce its hotel quarantine cap following recent cases of COVID-19.

WA recorded no new cases of coronavirus in hotel quarantine or in the community today.

Amid the changes to hotel quarantine, the state will relax restrictions for residents of Perth and Peel on Saturday.

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WA accepted a maximum of 1025 international arrivals per week prior to the Anzac Day long weekend, but this was temporarily reduced to 512 after hotel quarantine breaches.

Moving forward, Mr McGowan has indicated a permanent reduction in the number of arrivals the state will accept each week.

"We've analysed our capacity [for hotel quarantine], we can safely take 530 people," he said.

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"Within our cap, that's what we can do. We'll have a look at what we can do within that cap to bring people here from India, and will no doubt work with the Commonwealth Government on that."

Mr McGowan said it would not be the only change to hotel quarantine.

"We've had two very significant incidents in the last couple of weeks involving hotels," he said.

"We're taking three hotels offline, we're reducing the density in other hotels and we're ensuring we have more space inside those hotels so that takes us down to 530."

Restrictions lifting

From 12.01am on Saturday, masks will only be required on public transport or at events and venues where more than 1000 people are present.

Masks will also be required in hospitals, disability centres, and aged care homes.

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Residents of those facilities will be allowed up to four visitors per day.

From Saturday, residents will be allowed to have up to 100 people in their homes at private gatherings.

Nightclubs and casinos will be re-opened, but will be subject to a rule of one patron for every two square metres of floor space.

Football stadiums will re-open but crowds must wear masks while attending a match.

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Man charged over truck crash that left five pedestrians injured

The identity of a truck driver who triggered "absolute carnage" after ploughing into pedestrians in Melbourne has been revealed.

Man charged over truck crash that left five pedestrians injured

A truck driver has been charged after a B-double allegedly crashed into a traffic light and injured five pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD.

Frank Rogers, 64, was arrested Thursday night and was this evening charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury.

Police allege the truck cut the intersection corner and mounted the footpath, taking out the traffic light.

A group of five people, all aged in their 20s and 30s, were injured while standing on the corner of City Road and Power Street in Southbank about 7pm.

More than a dozen of emergency vehicles, including police, ambulances and firefighters quickly swarmed the area, with a number of bystanders also stopping to assist as the five pedestrians were left bleeding on the ground.

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Southbank truck crash

Witness Daniel Falzon told 9News he was on his way home from work when he saw a "giant truck" turning a corner before it allegedly mowed down a traffic light and five pedestrians.

He claimed the loud bang of the smash was like a "bomb" going off.

"It was one of the loudest bangs I've ever heard," he said.

The intersection then went silent, as if "someone pressed pause on the whole scene" until screams of terror tore through the area.

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"Everything went silent for about five to 10 seconds," he said.

"We didn't know what to do, our brains were just trying to understand what happened and then we started hearing the screaming."

Mr Falzon then sprinted over to help as many people as he could, grabbing the first person he could see that was in the most danger. While a doctor on scene lifted up a traffic light that had come crashing down.

"Unfortunately for this young female, it was crushing her pelvis - as the doctor lifted it up I've picked her up and just put her on my lap, on the side just to wait for help," he said.

Southbank truck crash

Police said a woman and four men were waiting on the footpath when the truck driver mounted the curb, with the rear trailer striking a traffic light pole and allegedly slamming into the pedestrians.

"It appears that he's cut the corner and in doing so he has taken out a traffic control signal pole as well as a group of pedestrians," Detective Sergeant Darren Williams said.

A statement from the truck driver's employer, K&S Group, said Mr Rogers was unaware of the crash.

"We're advised the driver maintains he was unaware of the incident," K&S Group managing director and CEO Paul Sarant said.

"It's obviously a very serious matter which is being fully investigated by the police and the company.

"Our thoughts are with the people and the families of those involved."

Mr Rogers, from Wyndham Vale, has been working for the company for nearly 10 years and was on his way to the depot to conclude his shift when the accident occurred.

The company is undertaking an internal workplace health and safety investigation of the incident.

Local resident Jannine Pattison, who lives just 100 metres from the accident site, told 9news.com.au she heard the crash from inside her apartment and watched on in horror from her balcony.

"I heard the crash and the crumple and I thought 'oh another accident on Power St', then I heard the scream," she said.

"I went onto the balcony to see what was going on and it was absolute carnage."

The City Road and Power Street intersection is notorious for accidents, heavily populated with foot traffic and trucks coming on and off the Westgate Freeway.

Ms Pattison said the corner was a "disaster waiting to happen", witnessing a number of accidents and near-misses over the years.

She has launched a petition calling for the City of Melbourne to remove all heavy vehicles along the "dangerous" stretch of road. Nearly 300 people have so far signed the petition.

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"That corner in particular is extremely bad," she said.

"It's incredibly dangerous, I have seen cyclists knocked over by trucks.

"One bike was caught underneath the truck and dragged.

"The main thing that is going to help this area is taking off the large vehicles."

Southbank truck crash

Two men in their 20s remain at The Alfred hospital, one in a critical but stable condition and the other in a stable condition.

The three other people, including two men in their 30s, are in a serious condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, along with a woman in her 20s who is in a stable condition.

Paramedics said all five suffered lower-body injuries.

Police allege the truck driver failed to stop at the crash scene and continued along Power Street.

However, a driver who witnessed the alleged incident, followed the tanker and passed on information that led to police finding it at Truganina, about 20 kilometres away.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have appealed for anyone who saw the incident or has dashcam footage to come forward.

Harry Ledingham, who works at the My Goodness restaurant nearby, said he didn't realise what had happened until he heard the sirens.

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He said an "army of fire trucks" were blocking the scene for about an hour and a half and an investigation team remained at the intersection in the evening.

"It's shocking," he said.

"It's a bit of a reality check. That sort of stuff doesn't happen every day."

Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley today offered the young people injured in the smash his "deepest sympathies" while confirming he had been in touch with the council about the notorious intersection.

"I want to offer my deepest sympathies and support to those young people, who were so terribly injured last night and wish them a speedy recovery," he said.

"I've already been in contact with the lord mayor and the Melbourne city council ... as to what can be done to make sure that tragic set of circumstances isn't repeated."

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp Lord Mayor conceded the council had heard residents' concerns, flagging bollards to be brought in as a short-term solution.

"We have to do something about this," she said.

Anyone with information should call on 1800 333 000.

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