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Toddler dies in NT car crash

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

An 18-month-old child has died in a single car crash in the Northern Territory.

Police say the crash occurred south of Katherine on the Roper Highway approximately 20km from the Stuart Highway intersection on Friday.

The 35-year-old woman who was driving the car was airlifted in a helicopter to Darwin hospital.

Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

The NT road toll now stands at 37, compared with 41 at the same time last year.

It comes after the new Labor government announced it will scrap unrestricted speed limits, while the top cop wants to confiscate drunk drivers' cars to make roads safer.

Unlimited speed limits will be banned from November 21 and a 130 km/h limit will be re-introduced on the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Ali Curung.

Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison says that's already the highest speed limit in the country, and Territorians are three times more likely to die on the road than other Australians.

"Our fatality rate is the highest in the country. Speed is a contributing factor to 25 per cent of deaths on Territory roads," she said.

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