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Infant dies, several hurt in western Finland road accident

A 10-month-old baby died and several other people were injured in a three-vehicle car crash in the western Finnish municipality of Nykarleby on Monday morning.

Valtatie kahdeksalla maanantaiaamuna sattuneessa kolarissa menehtyi 10 kuukauden ikäinen lapsi.
A crash on national road 8 in western Finland claimed the life of an infant and injured several other people on Monday. Image: Kjell Vikman / Yle

A three-vehicle crash on national road 8 in western Finland claimed the life of a 10-month-old infant and injured several other people around 7 am on Monday, according to local police.

The crash took place on national road 8, a couple of hundred metres south of the Monåvägen road intersection.

Police said a car containing two adults and the infant had been headed southbound and for unknown reasons swerved into the northbound lane. The car then struck an automobile driven by a man born in 1990, hitting the vehicle head-on, according to police.

The infant died at the scene of the accident, police said.

The baby was in a child car seat in the backseat of the vehicle, sitting next to its mother.

A police officer at the crash site, Frej Stenman, characterised the accident as very serious and said that all of the occupants of the two cars were transported to Vaasa Central Hospital. Police said the extent of their injuries is not yet known.

A third car travelling northbound was unable to stop before striking the car ahead of it, but the driver in the third vehicle was not injured, according to police.

Slippery conditions due to ice

Stenman said the collision took place on a stretch of road where overtaking is not permitted.

"We don't know why the car going south had crossed into the wrong lane, but it is very slippery on the road," Stenman said.

Road workers arrived later in the morning and salted the stretch of road where the accident took place.

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