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British Tourist Killed In Australia Crash
A British tourist who had just landed at Perth airport in Western Australia was killed when the taxi in which he was travelling was hit by a stolen vehicle.
The cab driver also died in the crash involving a 4x4 that had earlier been involved in a police pursuit.
The collision in Perth's eastern suburbs happened in the early hours of Friday.
After police earlier tried to stop the vehicle, the chase was aborted. A police helicopter was covertly monitoring the vehicle as it crashed into the taxi.
The 4x4 driver was taken to hospital with leg injuries.
Local reports said the victims, a 28-year-old taxi driver and his 36-year-old passenger who had just arrived from England, both died at the scene.
The passenger had only been in Australia for about an hour and was making his way into the city when it is alleged the stolen vehicle ran a red light.
"I want to emphasise that there is no evidence at this time to suggest the vehicle was being pursued at the time of the crash," Assistant Commissioner Gary Budge told reporters.
"The pursuit was aborted a long, long way from where the crash occurred."
The 23-year-old man who is alleged to have been driving the stolen 4x4 is under police guard and has been charged with manslaughter.
Mr Budge offered his sympathies to the families of the victims.
"It is difficult to imagine the trauma the two families must be feeling out there today and I want to pass on our condolences to both of those families and tell them that we will provide all the support that is possible," he said.
Major crash investigators were at the scene. Police are working with the British Consulate to contact the family of the dead tourist.