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National holiday road toll rises to nine

Nine people have died on Australian roads so far this festive season, with a baby killed in Western Australia and the death of a man on a South Australian highway.

A four-week-old baby died in Worsley, in WA’s South West region, on Saturday evening when the car he was travelling in veered off the road and down an embankment before crashing into a tree.

Baby killed in WA car crash

The boy died at Bunbury Regional Hospital where his 24-year-old mother was also treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the car, a 31-year-old woman, did not need to be taken to hospital for her injuries.

In a separate incident, a man was killed and another injured after a single-vehicle crash on South Australia’s Sturt Highway on Sunday morning.

One man died at the scene while the other was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In total, two people have died in each state of WA, NSW and Queensland over the Christmas and New Year toll period, while there has been one death each in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Northern Territory and ACT remain fatality-free.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR ROAD TOLL

Fatalities:
* NSW – 2
* VICTORIA – 1
* QUEENSLAND – 2
* ACT – 0
* WA – 2
* SA – 1
* NT – 0
* TASMANIA – 1

TOTAL: 9

* The national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2014 until 2359 January 3, 2015, local times, in line with the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Board.

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