A 3-month-old infant has died in an ambulance fire on a Turkish highway.
The baby girl was in an incubator in the ambulance when tragedy struck. The Mirror reported she was likely left behind in the confusion as her mother and the paramedics fled from the fire.
Photographs and video taken by passersby and shared on social media show a thick plume of black smoke pouring out of the burning ambulance.
According to local media via the Mirror, the grief-stricken mother had to be sedated after discovering her child was not rescued from the flames.
She was cited in the report as saying that rather than save her baby, the paramedics fled for their own lives.
"Paramedics got out and I also jumped out of the ambulance, the woman said in a statement via the Mirror.
"The paramedics could not get in to save my baby and ran away. There were three people in there with my daughter, but when the fire started there was no one."
Mother and 11-year-old Daughter Killed in Head-On CrashIn related news, North Carolina deputies said a woman and her 11-year-old daughter were killed when their vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.
The deadly collision took place in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 21.
According to WNCN, all three occupants of the 2005 Dodge were wearing seat belts.
The child that was killed was sitting directly behind her mother; the girl that survived was sitting in the backseat on the passenger side.
A witness told WTVD that the twin that survived had to be cut out of the wreckage.
Deputies cited by WRAL said the cause of the accident is not known but that they don't suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The tractor-trailer driver, identified as 24-year-old Paul Lanex, suffered minor injuries.
Crash Deaths in the United StatesTens of thousands of people are killed and millions injured each year from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says these deaths cost more than $380 million in direct medical costs.
The major risk factors for crash deaths in the US are: not using seat belts, car seats, and booster seats (factors in over 9,500 crash deaths); drunk driving (a factor in more than 10,000 crash deaths); and speeding (contributing to more than 9,500 crash deaths).
These further break down as follows: the most common are unintentional poisoning deaths (58,335), followed by motor vehicle traffic deaths (40,327), and unintentional fall deaths in third place (34,673).
The 10 leading causes accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in the United States in 2017.