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Six people including an infant inside a four-wheel drive have been killed after their vehicle collided with a truck.

Northern Territory Police are continuing to investigate the catastrophic crash which occurred on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek, a small town in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, just before 5pm on Friday.

A Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel drive with six people inside crashed into the road train before both vehicles caught on fire, according to police.

Detectives remained at the scene on Saturday.

‘Police, fire and (paramedics) were met with a terrible scene and first tried to save those that could be,’ Superintendent Daniel Shean said, as reported by the ABC.

Police have confirmed that six people including a young child are dead after the Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel drive they were in collided with a road train on Friday (pictured, the scene of the crash)

Superintendent Shean confirmed one of the victims from the crash was a very young child.

‘The driver and passenger of the truck were medevaced to hospital, there was an infant child that was found deceased from the (four-wheel drive), and there were a number of people in the (four-wheel drive) also deceased,’ he said.

He noted that the fire that started following the collision caused ‘irreparable damage’ to the four-wheel-drive ‘and the persons inside’.

The driver and passenger of the road train are in hospital in a stable condition. 

Detectives are working to identify the victims but their identities may not be confirmed for at least a week, according to police. 

‘I have been to a number of serious crashes in my career and this one is up there in terms of the seriousness of the crash, where we’ve got a vehicle that’s gone head-on into a truck,’ Superintendent Shean added. 

The Major Crash Investigation Unit will investigate whether a range of factors including speed and attention contributed to the incident.

NT Police remained at the scene on Friday and set up diversions for light vehicles along the Stuart Highway.

The catastrophic crash occurred on the Stuart Highway near Pine Creek, a small town in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, on Friday

It resulted in significant delays for traffic, with motorists urged to avoid the area.  

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner urged anyone who was travelling in the area between 2.30pm and 4.45pm on Friday with dash-cam footage to contact police.

‘This incident has, and will, impact a large number in the community and all efforts are underway to identify and recover the deceased and to notify their next of kin,’ he said.

Anyone with information on the identity and movements of the four-wheel-drive occupants are also urged to contact police.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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