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3 people, including 1-year-old girl, killed after N.S. highway crash

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Police in Nova Scotia say three people are dead, including a one-year-old girl, after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 103 in the province’s south shore.

The RCMP said in a release the crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the community of East Port Hebert

“RCMP officers learned that the car had been travelling west on Hwy. 103 when it left the road and came to rest in a ditch,” read a release issued Tuesday.

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Police say three passengers in the car — a 42-year-old Yarmouth woman, a 17-year-old boy, and a 1-year-old girl — died at the scene.

The car’s driver, a 38-year-old Blockhouse woman, was taken to hospital with what police called serious injuries.

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“Our thoughts are with the victims’ families at this difficult time,” a RCMP statement said.

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In an interview Tuesday, RCMP spokesman Cpl. Chris Marshall said the car caught fire and several people tried to rescue those inside.

“People that were at the scene when the collision occurred were actually able to open the vehicle and get the driver out,” he said. “They tried to pull the other folks out of the vehicle as well, but given the fact the car was fully engulfed in flames they weren’t able to.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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