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Baby dies, several injured in NT car crash

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

A two-month-old baby has died and several other people are injured after a car crash in the Northern Territory.

Police say the rollover occurred just around 4pm on Saturday on the Barkly Highway.

"A Toyota Troop Carrier with a total of nine passengers left the road and rolled, resulting in the tragic death of a two-month-old child," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said.

A number of other passengers aged two to 49 were taken to Tennant Creek Hospital for various injuries, with the most serious then flown to Alice Springs Hospital.

"A 22-year-old female passenger remains in a critical condition," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Lindner said.

He said the 47-year-old female driver may have fallen asleep and lost control of the vehicle.

"Driver fatigue and lack of proper child restraints and the non-wearing of seatbelts all appear to be contributing factors," he said.

"This tragic loss of life serves as a reminder to all motorists to ensure they take adequate breaks and rest when driving long distances.

"If you are travelling with children, it is imperative that they be seated and secured in correctly fitted child restraints."

The Territory road toll is 40, compared to 42 at this time last year.

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