Young child killed by tablet in car smash in Spain

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TRAGIC DEATH: The young girl was hit on the head by a flying tablet in a car crash in Spain (File photograph). Photo credit: Shutterstock

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl has lost her fight for life after a freak incident led to her death following a car crash in Spain.

The girl was safely strapped into a child seat in the back of a car that was being driven by her mother.

A school bus in front of their car allegedly braked sharply to avoid a collision between two cars in front of it. However, the woman driver couldn’t react in time and she smashed into the back of the bus.

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Emergency services said the girl suffered severe head injuries after a tablet she was playing with struck her in the crash in Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra).

The little girl was rushed by air ambulance to the Hospital de Santiago de Compostela where she lay in a coma for more than ten hours but doctors were unable to do anything to save her life.

Her mother, aged 26, was taken by ambulance to the O Salnés Hospital.

Guardia Civil traffic officers are investigating the accident.

Experts warn that when your car suddenly stops in a collision unsecured objects such as bottled drinks (which can break into fragments), tablets, mobile phones, books will take to the air and the speeds of these projectiles are close to the car’s speed before impact.

Safety recommendations include:

  • Keep your car clutter-free
  • If there is no reason for keeping any particular item, get rid of it
  • Place other items either in your glove compartment or boot area
  • Secure all items in a cargo area with ropes, tethers, cords, and safety nets

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