Australia Child dead, several injured in multi-vehicle crash at Diggers Rest
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An infant has been killed and three other members of their family are in serious to critical condition after a major crash on the Calder Freeway, north-west of Melbourne.
Police said a truck hit several cars just after 2:30pm at the Diggers Rest-Bulla Road overpass.
The dead child's mother, father and another child were all taken to hospital with serious to critical injuries.
The driver of another car was also critically injured.
Detective Sergeant Mark Amos from the Major Collision Investigation Unit said the truck driver was in custody and police were still investigating how the crash occurred.
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An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said a child had been taken to the Royal Children's Hospital, a man was in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in serious condition, and a woman was in the Alfred Hospital in critical condition.
She said a number of other people had also been taken to hospital.
The freeway's city-bound lanes are closed at Bulla-Diggers Rest Road.
Dozens of emergency vehicles were on the scene, including an Ambulance Victoria helicopter.
Vision obtained by the ABC shows a semitrailer tipped over, its contents, which appear to be grain, spilling out, and three badly crushed vehicles nearby.
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