Clare Merriam: Beloved miner identified as WA woman killed in horror school holiday accident in SA

The WA woman who tragically died in a horrific car accident in South Australia that also left an eight-year-old boy in a coma, was a “bright and bubbly” mining personnel manager.

Guildford wife Clare Merriam and her partner Michael Place had recently traveled to Victoria to see his three children and the tragedy unfolded during a trip to Mount Gambia, near the Victorian border, on Friday afternoon.

It’s not yet clear what caused the crash, but it appeared that a large logging truck collided with their car as they drove along Donovans Rd in Wye.

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A horror crash in Mount Gambier, South Australia, has killed a woman while a boy fights for his life.
Camera iconA horror crash in Mount Gambier, South Australia, has killed a woman while a boy fights for his life. Credit: 7NEWS7NEWS

Ms Merriam, the driver, died at the scene while her partner’s eight-year-old son, who was in the back seat, suffered serious injuries.

Mr Place, who was in the passenger seat, and his six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter were also seriously injured.