Five-month-old baby dies after its pram rolls into traffic and is hit by a van

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A five-month-old baby has been killed after its pram rolled into traffic and was hit by a van, according to reports.

The mum is said to have ran after the tot in a panic, but couldn’t save it from the collision on Monday.

The child was flown to hospital with critical injuries but died several hours later after the crash in Northcote in Auckland, New Zealand.

A witness said the pram’s basket came free in the crash which went flying about 50feet, local media reported.

Van driver Sudhir Saksena said the mum told him she had forgotten to put the brakes on the pram.

He said he was driving home to pick up some tools on Monday morning when the tragedy unfolded.

The motorist said the buggy rolled down the hill in front of him “out of nowhere” and he slammed on the brakes, but it was “too late”.

He told the New Zealand Herald: “I can't believe it.

"I really feel sorry for the baby and the family.

"It's a nightmare.”

He added: “There was a car in the middle of the road, going down the hill.

“I was going up and the house was right on the hill.

"The pram went flying down the hill right in front of me.

“I slammed on the brakes but it was too late.

"I didn't see it coming.”

He said he was driving between 12mph and 18mph before the crash.

A worker at a childcare centre is said to have race to the site and began to perform CPR on the infant.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.54am local time and the baby was taken to the Starship children’s hospital, where it died at 4pm local time.

Witness Kevin Walker described it as an “absolute freak accident”, MailOnline reports.

He said the pram had rolled through a narrow gap between two moving vehicles in his lane, before being hit by a motor coming the other way.

Mr Walker added: “You could probably have that happen 100 times and it would not have hit anything.”

Police have launched an investigation and the death will be referred to the coroner.

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